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Oct.11.2012
I studied both French and Spanish in junior high school, settling on French when I got to high school.  All together, I had two years of Spanish and three of French, and can muddle along in either. The main reason I wanted to write this article, though, has nothing to do with the languages --...
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Aug.08.2012
Today's blog prompt took me by surprise.  I love to read memoirs (and I've even written a couple).  The greatest challenge was this:  how could I possibly pick just one? For example, I just finished Tony Danza's "I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I've Ever Had," in which he...
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Jan.04.2012
I don't do resolutions anymore.  Why?  Because they go right out the window.  For example, I resolved to blog regularly here at RedRoom in 2011. Not a single post.  Argh. So, what was I doing?  I was writing.  I was reading and reviewing books.  I was doing life...
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Dec.08.2010
For many years, I referred to Dec. 8, 1980, as the day that a part of me died.  The memories are etched in my mind's eye:  a series of images that move from belief through full grief in a way that I imagine our elders experienced with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  I was a senior...
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Sep.17.2010
Last year at this time, I was "excommunicated" by a man to whom I was once so close that I called him "my gay husband."  Heck, even my husband called him that.  This man is a hardcore Randian Objectivist, who believes that anyone whose opinion on Certain Truths does not coincide...
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Aug.17.2010
My husband called me yesterday afternoon to tell me that his company is closing its California office at the end of October.  I think we all know what that means. I cried.  A lot.   I am frightened.  A lot. I started telling friends, although I was embarrassed.  Some of the "nice to do"...
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Jul.26.2010
I'm exhausted. There.  I've said it. I'm talking about a lot of things, but I realized that being a straight ally for LGBT equality for the past six years has worn me out. I can't even imagine what it must be like for someone with a dog in the fight! For six years, I have:  countered every Biblical...
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Apr.09.2010
"Sometimes I think my head is so big, because it is full of ideas." -- Joseph Merrick, in Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man Those who have read In The Eye of The Beholder know this already, but I don't mind sharing it here: Joseph Merrick is featured in the story. No spoilers, I...
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Apr.07.2010
When I was a little girl, I attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Gresham, OR.  I first met the senior pastor, Pastor Rudy, when I was hospitalized after a car accident.  He was a kind, grandfatherly man who would come by on his hospital chaplain rounds and say hello, pray with me and any family...
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Mar.30.2010
I took advantage of a wonderful and unexpected opportunity this past Sunday. I attended a Vision Binder Playdate workshop by Molly Burke, Queen of Confidence. The theme was "Success," and we all worked on maps to show what success was like for us in various parts of our lives (...
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Feb.26.2010
The news has been full of Andrew Koenig's recent suicide.  The son of actor Walter Koenig, the younger man was also an actor in his youth.  Like so many child stars, he coped with major depression as an adult. You know what I think?  I think that the social stigma of talking about depression is...
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Feb.17.2010
My first permanent office job was in a federal procurement office.  We had numerous documentary requirements for each project; the files were often quite thick before the job was even begun.  I will never forget the error made in a very important document -- a typo that no one noticed until it came...
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Dec.28.2009
I recently learned that the average EBT (food stamp) benefit in the US is $21/week per person. That's $1/meal. I have also recently read several mean-spirited comments on newspaper articles concerning people receiving groceries from food banks and about levels of obesity among the...
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Dec.09.2009
Good grief, it's cold.  I'm typing with numb fingers -- in my office.  (Shh ... don't tell.)  Northern California is not where one expects to have temperatures hovering around 30 degrees F., but here we are.  And people say that climate change is bogus!  I'm originally from Oregon, but I haven't...
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Nov.25.2009
This is the time of year when people start to count their blessings even as they count the minutes until the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the ubiquitous turkey dinner.  Several of my blogging friends decided to post one thing per day for which they were thankful; my minister at the...
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