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Jennifer
I'm just a girl in the world.
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There are easily two dozen, possibly three, self-care / self-help / inspirational / journal prompt / mindfulness / spiritual resources within easy reach of my cozy chair in my bedroom reading nook. I am drawn to these materials like a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2020 at Open Book
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I had a pretty sizable chunk of my upper chest carved out of me today, thanks to the timeworn late 60s/early 70s childhood tradition of frying myself to a deep lobster red at least once a summer, but usually at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at Open Book
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It's a rare state of affairs when my brain, my mouth, and my hands and feet are working in concert with one another. My mouth has a pretty quick trigger; waiting for my brain to process a cognizant, rational thought... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2020 at Open Book
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I'm enamored of this quote by Göran Persson. It's pure and good and everything that is right and true about striving to leave this world a little better than we found it. At the end of the day, it's all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2020 at Open Book
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The news these days is too awful. Too horrid. Too much. My heart has been weakened by the constant onslaught of horrific headlines, my mind muddled. Focus is difficult to come by when you are mired in a deep sense... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Open Book
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It's 8:15 pm on a Monday evening in late September. I'm propped up in my hotel room bed, laptop, appropriately, in my lap. The incredible view of descendant autumn in the mountains cloaked in a lingering fog is currently obscured... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Open Book
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I have come to love Fridays so hard. My husband has been on a four day work week schedule for a couple of years now. I often have control of my own time and have a knack for making my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2018 at Open Book
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Every time I come across the quote that titles this entry, I thank the heavenly stars for David Sedaris. His manner of turning a phrase can infuse a pathetic, depressing reality into poignant hilarity with a simple keystroke. His brazenly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Open Book
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This photo of my mother, gamely pretending to mount a plaster horse simply because I asked her to, was taken the day after her 77th birthday. There are more on my phone. One of her toasting with a refreshing watermelon... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at Open Book
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Every single time (and there have been many) that I return to this space with all my good intentions tucked in my pocket, I'm faced with the same dilemma: where to start? So much time has passed, so much life... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Open Book
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I have been feeling a bit unsettled lately. Recently. Life is wonderful, things are great, the beat goes on, and yet...the melancholia that has followed me down every path I've ever walked has lain in wait, greeting me again with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Open Book
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Another year has come and gone, like so much dust in the wind. It hardly seems possible. And yet, I've been meaning to do a bit of reflecting on 2017 since the week before New Year's, but here we are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Open Book
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My calendar is nothing but wide open space this entire weekend. It's been a little while since I could say that, and even though I did say that, the fact is those wide open spaces are being consumed with the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Open Book
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1. So. Hello, again. It's been another eventful few weeks since I last visited here, and as usually happens, too much has transpired to even attempt to recollect it here in some meaningful fashion. However, today is Thursday. And Thursday... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Open Book
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Lyda Mae, my beautiful grandmother. When I was a little girl, my grandmother used to tell me stories of all the history she'd born witness to over the course of her life. It was riveting to hear her tell about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Open Book
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1st day of school pics weren't stylized productions back when I was a kid. More's the pity, eh? LOL First of all...sigh. I just can't seem to stick to the plan of writing here on a somewhat regular basis. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at Open Book
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My new friend Leonard. These short work weeks of summer, filled with random days off, holidays, or spontaneous fun the likes of which we don't see as much in the winter, are some kind of awesome. At least they are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Open Book
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We're having a lovely summer, thank you very much. I'm particularly pleased with the passing of these past five days of the extra long July 4th weekend, including today, the actual fourth of July, of course. Because it fell on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Open Book
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This past week was an especially good one. Of course, that's usually the case when it's FestivALL season. It's my favorite time of the year in my fair city, all art, all the time, happy throngs filling the streets, families... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Open Book
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Do you ever look at the world you live in and wonder how the hell you got mixed up in a place like this? First of all, I am the most privileged of the privileged, with absolutely nothing to whine... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Open Book
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Post-surgery, during our "recovery room" visit. We took Gator to cheer him up. If you've read here for any length of time, you understand that Jake the Dog is not just a pet, he is our third child. We love... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Open Book
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they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them. ~ John Shirley It's so true. There's never enough of them. Especially weekends with work bits sprinkled throughout. While they may be enjoyable work bits,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Open Book
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Chillin'. Today, James Comey is testifying before Congress and a breathless nation. I can't even. Seriously. Twitter is LIT. Every statement out of the man's mouth (did you know he's 6'8"? I mean, maybe you hadn't heard...) is met with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Open Book
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Today, my youngest child turns 29 years old. I could - in fact, I am sorely tempted to - cue up any number of bedraggled clichés of woe and disbelief, but I'll spare you. Suffice to say, this day has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Open Book
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Three of my faves. While it's been quite the week on the political front, it's been a perfectly lovely seven days of normalcy on the home front. I like it. Nothing too spectacular, nothing too mundane...just the right amount of... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Open Book