Tending the Flame.

I few months back I remember someone telling me about how our ancestors, when migrating across the most desolate northern climes, would carry a small, lit ember in a pack. Imagine! Imagine the miracle of being able to keep such a precious thing alive. Imagine the...

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Either locusts or darling angels. Hard to tell, really.

A few weekends ago, I took a good look around and realized that I was terribly behind. It happens when you check out for a a couple weeks and spend all your non-work hours lying face down on the couch, contemplating an apocalyptic future, and perfecting your heavy...

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Good Advice from Dubious Sources.

So, 2017 started out a little bit rough for this gal. Or maybe everyone woke up crying, I dunno. I blame my son. The night before he said, "I don't understand why everyone says 2016 was the worst year ever. 2016 was great. 2016 was the year Bernie Sanders almost...

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Yes to Joy! Yes to zeal! Yes, possibly, to bike shoes!

By now most of you are aware of my ambivalent relationship with bikes. I want to love cycling, really I do, and I've made great strides; buying a bike with actual gears, finding the magical unicorn of a bike seat which treats all things posterior with admirable...

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So that happened.

Hello, dear, neglected blog. It's been a while. Not my fault. The world has gone all cattywampus, and I've lost my sense of humor. Very few things seem funny to me these days. Well, except for that obese and malignant cat that lives a few blocks over. His regal...

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A Bolt from the Blue

Recently, I have embarked on the game changing experiment of neither dieting nor running. I have absolutely no way of telling if it's a success or not. On the one hand, I've gained eight pounds in what feels like a nanosecond. On the other...meh. I'm not so worked up...

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But Can You Put a Price Tag on Love? Yup.

My husband has, among his many adorable qualities, the admirable goal of making sure I get everything I want. I cannot stress enough how much this endears him to me. Well, at least some of the time. Other times, however, His heartfelt response, "Whatever you want,...

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Mid-life Crisis, Right on Schedule.

Another birthday, another chance to impress the world with my seemingly unending youth. Lord, I barely got that out with a straight face. I am old, old, old. Maybe not geezer old, but old enough to be decidedly unfunny to young people working at various service...

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Just This Moment

Do you hear it? The roar of applause slowly tempering itself to a single, shared sigh of relief? If you have children, you no doubt know what I am talking about, if not, let me illuminate you-- school has finally begun. Amid the frantic scrambling, unaccustomed AM...

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Heavy Lies the Head That Wears the Helmet.

I did it. Two months of bike commuting has exposed me to so much vehicular buffoonery that I broke down and purchased a bike helmet. Actually, I bought two. Though there are those who scoff when I insist that my head is abnormally large, no, scratch that, giant, it...

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  • Patty on Shhhhh….Some of Us are Sleeping, here.You DO win at life! I am with you about mornings...wish I didn't have to get up as early as I do. You keep doin' what you are doin'!
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