Monthly Archives: November 2013

How Daily Blogging Changed My Blog

Thirty days ago I took up the BlogHer challenge to write a blog post a day for a month.  Today marks the last of it.  As much as I’ve relished the challenge, sometimes even looking forward to it, I’ve also … Continue reading

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When Black Friday Made At Least A Little Sense

Years ago, when my kids were small, I was one of those shoppers out waiting for the stores to open at 7 AM on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  I did that for years and I’m happy to say I almost … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving, Short and Maybe Not So Sweet

It’s here!  Today’s the day!  I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many blogs about Thanksgiving as I have this year. We’re sharing memorable recipes and lovely table settings; we’re telling stories about childhood Thanksgivings, about hilarious holiday mishaps, about … Continue reading

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On the Day When Turkeys Never Give Thanks

My pies are baked, the ingredients for our Thanksgiving dinner are all organized and in their places, and I’ve checked on the turkey to make sure it’s doing  what it’s supposed to be doing–thawing.   Somebody killed that turkey and now … Continue reading

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Places I’ll show you if You’ll Promise Not to Go There

I lived in the city for more years than I’ve lived anywhere else, but now I live in the country.  Some say I live in the wilderness but that’s an exaggeration.  I live in a place where few people live … Continue reading

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Perfectionism: Creativity’s Joyless Spoiler

“If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything” David Foster Wallace This is a tough one. How do you argue against perfectionism when you dearly want everything to be perfect? Writing is an art, a craft, … Continue reading

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The Only Turkey Here is the Recipe

A week or so before every holiday I start looking through newspapers and magazines for new recipes.  Sometimes I even find something I’m going to try some day, but I’ve noticed in the past few years that recipes are getting … Continue reading

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On That Day We Lost JFK

On that day I was up in my sewing room, away from the TV.  My four-year-old son was napping, and my 7-year-old daughter was in school. My husband was at work.   It was early afternoon. I heard the back door … Continue reading

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Daydreaming: Leave Science Out of It

I didn’t do well in school.  I always thought I was dumb–and it’s possible I really was–but after the teacher wrote on my third grade report card, “Ramona needs to work on her concentration.  She daydreams too much in class”,  … Continue reading

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No Way to Treat A World-Class Museum, Part 2

It’s looking more and more like all the protesting in the world won’t be able to save the precious artworks at the Detroit Art Institute.  With the city of Detroit in bankruptcy, and with Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s unelected emergency manager, … Continue reading

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