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Theme and Variations, Or Dinners for Most of a Week

For the past few years, in autumn we’ve bought a beef cow from next door to split with two or more families and eat during winter.  Although I was a vegetarian for six years, I feel good about eating local … Continue reading

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Parallel Universes

After more than a decade of being married to a web designer, I finally became interested in learning about hand-coding.  Last night, Steve showed me the rudimentary skills of how to construct tags, with their corresponding end tags, then opened … Continue reading

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Best Smoothie Ever!

For the past month, our household has battled seasonal flu, and found an ally in fruit smoothies.  Any frozen fruit will do, but mixed berries yield highest quality anti-oxidants and immune-boosting vitamins.  When we ran out of yogurt, I experimented … Continue reading

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On Happiness

In college, a good friend used to wear a purple T-shirt that said, “Choose to be Happy.”  At that time, being of a certain fatalist bent, I interpreted the shirt to mean that, regardless of one’s circumstances, whether plagued by … Continue reading

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Rondeau

I am not a poet, but sometimes I like to play with a very structured form, such as a haiku, villanelle, or a rondeau, and see what happens. Structured poetic forms appeal to the mathematical side of me, I suppose, … Continue reading

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David and Sufjan

After a logistical obstacle course, Steven and I drove to Richmond Tuesday to see our friend, David Stith, play with Sufjan Stevens.  We had a good dinner at the home of poet Ian Bodkin, fellow MFA candidate with me at … Continue reading

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Field trip to DC

Yesterday I rode a charter bus with Steven’s art students to Washington, DC, to visit art galleries.  Sun shone and the air was perfect for a long sweater.  I’ve learned, through decades of looking at art, that the best way … Continue reading

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November Rain

Other things have been taking priority over writing during the past week or so–fall cleaning, no school for the kids the past 3 days (teacher workday, parent-teacher conferences, election day), Halloween costume-making, voting, constructing a dollhouse out of foam core … Continue reading

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The Importance of Being Iceland

Spent much of the day curled in the living room by the fire reading a book of “travel essays in art” by Eileen Myles, The Importance of Being Iceland.  Contemporary art, travel, cultural criticism, and poetry–everything that excites me woven … Continue reading

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Conversation with Grandma Davis

Today, on her birthday, I called my grandma, and enjoyed a wide-ranging talk about the family gossip, literature, magazines she reads (The Smithsonian and National Geographic), television, writing, her hearing aids, and handicapped accessibility.  As usual, I enjoyed her witty … Continue reading

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