Now Our Lives Are Changing Fast

July 04, 2011

Filed in: The Home Front, The Middle Ages, The Way We Live Now

These days my kids are both listening to Arcade Fire—you know, the indie Canadian band that stole the Album of the Year Grammy out from under Eminem and Lady Gaga.

Normally I’d be proud of them for their alternative leanings, but AF’s latest album, The Suburbs, cuts too close for me,...

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Couple killed after visiting all 50 states

June 05, 2011

Filed in: The Way We Live Now

I’m not going to be gross and try in any way to connect my experience with this story, other than to say my hair stood on end when I read the headline, and this couple has been in my thoughts these past few days. I love that they were out there in the world and on the road in their 70s....

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The Ant and the English Major

April 17, 2011

Filed in: Hawaii, The Middle Ages, The Way We Live Now

O my beautiful brothers and sisters of the Interwebs, I have something to tell you.

We are now 126 days away from my 50th birthday—from the day I was supposed to have reached all 50 states. Which was the ostensible point of this blog.
Guess what? It’s not gonna happen.

As my loyal readers...

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So yeah it’s a mess in here…

October 19, 2010

Filed in: The Home Front, The Way We Live Now

You know when your friend comes over and you’re still in your yoga pants (the ones you walk the dog in, not the ones you actually exercise in; those haven’t been out of your drawer in weeks) and your hair is in some weird Pebbles top-knot because you haven’t showered and you’re all like, No! Come...

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July 4—tick tick, boom boom

July 05, 2010

Filed in: Alaska, Hawaii, Kansas, North Dakota, The Way We Live Now

Happy bday, USA.

I celebrated by standing alone (don’t ask) for three hours watching a hometown parade in a town that was not my hometown. The barrier to entry for this particular parade was charmingly low—if you owned a motor vehicle, preferably some kind of large truck, and/or could reliably...

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