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forgetting

January 31, 2007

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As she folded the laundry, she was troubled with the sense that she was forgetting something. Something big. It had been a busy morning, a quick round of dishes, two loads of laundry, and five emails after the usual breakfast and shower. All of this productivity didn’t lift the ominous weight of forgetfulness. It wasn’t […]

student of normal

January 23, 2007

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There is a poem that my aunt wrote to her big sister, my mother, on her 35th birthday, the same year that my mother had a nervous breakdown and could not get out of bed and was haunted by her dead mother who recently burned to death in a fire, perhaps by choice, as much […]

on maturity

January 23, 2007

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Lately, I’ve been drinking a lot of tea, and really enjoy the brands that have the quotes on the bags. I feel like it is another version of the fortune cookie, and I peer into these quotes to find their hidden meaning for me. Tonight’s quote is, “A sign of maturity is learning that the […]

kitchen sink

January 23, 2007

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Sometimes I am afraid of my kitchen sink. Like when I start to drain it, and get back to washing the dish in my hand, the slurping gurgle that happens moments later startles me. After the wave of fear rushes through me, I worry that someone is watching me through the kitchen window and has […]

why i blog

January 21, 2007

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When I was in 9th grade, we read Joan Didion’s “Why I Write” essay in class and then had to complete our own “Why I . . .”. I return to the question of why often, and enjoy the inquiry into what I choose to do. So the question comes up again today, as I’m […]

our perfect selves

January 20, 2007

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I could walk my dogs more often. I could eat better. I could workout regularly. I could write. Whenever I think of an aspect of my life that I could improve (did I mention my credit?), I start to slip down this dark, dangerous slope of self-loathing. They, these shortcomings, don’t come alone, they come […]