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Feb.19.2009
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It’s almost here, Oscar Day. I’ve always thought of it as a holiday. When I worked at the library I would take the day off so I could watch the E! channel, make dinner, and get Heavenly Hash ice cream.  It became easier when they switched the Oscars to Sunday; I don’t know how much longer I could...
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Feb.13.2009
Gentle Readers, I want to wish you happy Valentine's day. Even if you don't have a Valentine, take time to have chocolate, snuggle up to a romance (May I recommend Jessica Inclan and Jennifer Crusie for romance?) Here's some romantic links to get you in the mood. "I'll be your mirror" by...
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Feb.04.2009
Gentle Readers, I have exciting news for you. It is news I still can’t believe myself, news that every day still stuns me by its sheer existence. To explain it, let’s go back to November: After the lovely dinner at Michael Mina’s and the night at the St. Francis that I won in Red Room’s...
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Jan.28.2009
I just read Veronica Chater's story Flea Spit, which was set in Pleasant Hill, California.  Reading it was a blast from the past, because Pleasant Hill is my hometown, the town I lived in for years.  It was a small town, a suburban town.  The first time my mother drove through the town she thought...
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Jan.27.2009
When I was a freshman in high school, my teacher Mr. Atkinson gave us this poem. It's one of my favorites, and I thought of it today when I heard that John Updike died. Rest well, Mr. Updike. Thanks for Rabbit, Bech, and Flick Webb. Ex- Basketball PlayerPearl Avenue runs past the high-school lot,...
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Jan.19.2009
            You know it doesnt make much senseThere ought to be a law againstAnyone who takes offenseAt a day in your celebrationcause we all know in our mindsThat there ought to be a timeThat we can set asideTo show just how much we love youAnd Im sure you would agreeIt...
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Jan.18.2009
The first thing you noticed about Linda Duncan was her hair.  Long and brown, it went down her back with grace.  She always had a easy style of walking-even when she was helping someone with a report, she never hurried, she took her time, making sure the job got done. She was the Head Children...
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Jan.16.2009
                      I've always loved this painting by Andrew Wyeth, ever since I was a kid. I felt so much for Christina-being stuck in a place and no matter how much she tried, she couldn't move past her circumstances. I think I related to...
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Jan.15.2009
When I was a kid, there was thirteen channels on the air. Yes, I know I sound super old. However, it did limit what you could watch after school. One of the shows I watched when I was a kid was Captain Cosmic. Captain Cosmic was just so cool. He could run faster than a BART train, he could fly, and...
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Dec.29.2008
As you might know Gentle Readers, I'm moving in a couple of days. I'm getting things done-packing books, sending people my new snail mail address, figuring out my new room. However, there's another thing I'm trying to figure out: The Cable. Before I moved to Lafayette, we always did Comcast. It...
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Dec.24.2008
Gentle Readers, I want to wish you the merriest of holidays. I'm going to try and cover everything with some links to my fave holiday stories and songs.I'll see you next week. The Driedel Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xSlCXgfcRw The Monkees singing Riu Chiu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Dec.18.2008
I'm tired of this cold weather. It's lost its charm. Yes, I am a California girl, but I'm really tired of it. Yesterday my mother tried to open the car door and it was frozen shut. I am not making this up. Frozen shut. She had to get my cousin in law Matti to help her open it. We're not used to...
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Dec.17.2008
I'm on a definite reading spree; since I'm moving soon I want to read as much as possible before I have to get busy. I read Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb  which I loved (although Mr. Lamb, I'm mad you killed off a character from one of our previous books)  Tis The Season! by Lorna Landvik,...
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Dec.10.2008
 In Jane Fonda's memoir, she had a mantra: Make it Better. She would say it over and over in her life, thinking she could make everything better: she could make her father Henry Fonda love her, she could help her mother feel less depressed, she could be a better actress, wife and mother. She could...
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Dec.08.2008
Twenty-eight years ago today, my mother and I were in her room watching TV. My grandfather was in the living room, watching Monday Night Football. Granddad stopped by Mom's room and said: "One of the Beatles was shot.""What?" Mom said, looking up from the TV. "They're...
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