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Happier.

I don’t know if it was an accident that January’s book dovetails so nicely with the season’s tendency to create resolutions and vow to begin anew but it was certainly an apropos read as I head into 2014 with a vow to begin some serious introspection. I’ve always admired my friend Caitlin’s ability to observe …

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Pull Up The People

Dire straits.  It’s all relative isn’t it? Last week, I read a pretty heartbreaking ethonographic piece in the New York Times about a girl, Dasani, growing up homeless in New York City, one of the richest cities in the world. Here, in America, a young girl, one of many, is living in what amounts to third …

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The Crossroads

I confess that I am not yet finished with this month’s From Left To Write book. It’s amazing how much reading slows down when a third child is thrown into the mix… But in any case, I’ve read enough of The Cartographer of No Man’s Land to know that I like the book. Some good …

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Absolution.

I don’t know anyone that doesn’t carry around some guilt. It could be over anything– a youthful transgression, or a major adult screw-up or something in between. We respond to guilt in different ways. I’ll tell you a story that I can only share now because I’ve had time to look at it through an …

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Those We Love Most.

Let’s hope that I’m not jinxing anything by writing this but I have been fortunate to not face too many tests in my life. Or maybe my deafness makes life one big test, so I’ve come to take everything in stride and don’t really register anything as a test, spiritual or otherwise.This is not to …

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Seasons.

A recurring theme in this season of my life, the season of small children and endless keeping of the home, is the lamentation that my life was once more than doling out snacks and wiping snotty noses. I mean, my life wasn’t particularly exciting before I had kids but it was a fun life… there is …

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Plan to Fail

I’ve written before about my reluctance to face other people’s realities. I do this by not watching the news, skipping over articles in the paper, scrolling past news stories on Facebook. I mean, it’s not like I don’t know. And it’s not like knowing more is going to suddenly spur me to action. Actually, that’s …

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Legend.

There were many, many fascinating details I learned about France, Europe and the development of race as a social construct in Tom Reiss’ new book, The Black Count but I really got hooked on the idea of Alex Dumas as a legend in his own time, even before his son, Alexandre Dumas, used him as the …

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A Believer.

Having lived in Prague and travelled around the area quite a bit, I felt a special connection to The Bloodletter’s Daughter, a historical novel by Linda Lafferty that uses the legend of  Don Julius,  the mad bastard son of Emperor Rudolph II as the backdrop to the story of a young woman sold out by …

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