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Jan.13.2011
Twain
The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume I The curious thing about Mark Twain’s much-anticipated autobiography isn’t his insistence that it not be published until 100 years after his death. The curious fact is that it got written at all, especially if you took him at his word: “I’m not going to...
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Jan.13.2011
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The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume I The curious thing about Mark Twain’s much-anticipated autobiography isn’t his insistence that it not be published until 100 years after his death. The curious fact is that it got written at all, especially if you took him at his word: “I’m not going to...
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Oct.28.2010
My friend Al recently bought an rv, pared down his belongings to the essentials, and hit the road—truly a brave and inspirational act. I admire his adventurous spirit and envy his willingness to let go of so many things I take for granted. For instance, he made a concerted effort to rid himself of...
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Oct.06.2010
Right now my feet hurt so much, I could almost cry, but I shoulda known better than to wear new shoes on a double-shift. At least it’s over. And that extra pay won’t hurt one bit, so I guess my feet will survive. I hope Jeremy had a good day at his new daycare. It’s kind of a long drive, but it’s...
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Sep.15.2010
When I lost my teaching job, I decided to return to my old love—writing. My next thought was oh my god, how will I ever support myself by writing? I taught writing for twenty-four years, yet I somehow felt unprepared to become a writer myself. In most fields one becomes an expert on a subject...
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Jul.07.2010
Last Friday I was in a state of limbo concerning my daughter's safety in Ecuador. I am now relieved to report that she is safe and happy. Whew! I am generally one of those level-headed optimists, assuming the best in most situations. I may scream when startled, but in a genuine emergency I do not...
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Jul.02.2010
I'm trying not to worry. My teenage daughter went to Ecuador a few days ago. The program did not allow her to take a phone or laptop, so I knew communication would be sketchy. I'm really not a worrier by nature. We didn't hear from her personally, but the program representative e-mailed all the...
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Jun.23.2010
Just because my mother showed me how to iron, does that mean I should teach my own daughter?
When we moved in 2005, we moved our iron and ironing board with us. And that’s the last time I had seen them until Sunday. In a strange fit of whimsy I decided to free them from behind the hampers in the hall/laundry room. I vacuumed the dust bunnies from underneath the board, threw the cover in...
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Jun.09.2010
47 is only middle-aged if one lives to be 94. Relatives on my dad's side of the family often reach 80, but those on my mom's side are lucky to reach their mid-sixties. Which puts me solidly in the second half of life, in those "getting older" years that don't yet concede to the label of...
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Jun.03.2010
Every time a raffle ticket got pulled out of that box, I was sure my name would get called. After all, I had bought my height in tickets, and I’m pretty tall. The prizes were one-on-one critiques with agents and editors—those wonderful, elusive beings whose opinions count if one wants to get...
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May.19.2010
For better or worse, 1968 was a time of great change in the United States and the world at large. For the worse, both Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were assassinated that year, the evening news reported regularly on the body count from the Vietnam War, and the Zodiac serial murderer began...
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