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Decidedly Strange Packers

Decidedly Strange Packers

We are on the road. In the car with us for the 5-day, 2400-mile expedition: The dog His bed, blanket, food and water bowls, poop bags and 2 leashes An iPod, Spotify subscription and half-dozen actual CDs 3 lampshades, one bike wheel and an Adirondack […]

Doctor’s Orders

Doctor’s Orders

Note: Greetings after a medically imposed hiatus (details below). This post first appeared March 22 on Grub Street‘s writing blog deaddarlings.com After a head injury, a lifelong word-lover – a voracious reader and dedicated writer – is forbidden by her doctor to read or write. […]

I love it when you call me Dog

I love it when you call me Dog

A friend I’m not often in touch with emailed recently, leading to an exchange in which she repeatedly called me dog. (“Dog, I owe you an email,” etc.) She’s from Fresno. No one in Cohasset calls me dog. Actually, no one else in Fresno calls […]

Sexy Pizza

Sexy Pizza

This is 1.5 holidays late, but that’s how we’re rolling at the Moonlight Mile HQ, where we have been very busy proofreading homework, fulfilling other writing obligations and making tons of Thanksgiving food. From scratch. Halloween provided a candy bowl of opportunities to reflect on […]

Magical Mystery Tour

Magical Mystery Tour

Social media, for all its pitfalls and unintended consequences, does have positive aspects, and armchair travel is one. But filtered, enhanced, excessively hash-tagged glamour shots from one-percenter locales make me squirm. They bring back memories. When I was growing up in California, our neighbors flew to […]

Head for the Clearing

Head for the Clearing

What is meditating? Seems like an elusive thing, though one growing in popularity. Meditation references are everywhere, along with studies about its benefits reported almost daily. Presumably there’s also actual meditating occurring. Like yoga, which I’m getting the hang of even more slowly than skiing (and that […]

Spasiba!

Spasiba!

It’s absurd, standing at the grocery store checkout and repeatedly thanking the cashier for cashiering, only to have him or her either a) ignore me and continue conversing with fellow employees, b) grumpily grunt “uh huh” in return, or c) gaze at me mutely with […]

THINGS THAT NEED DOING

THINGS THAT NEED DOING

This week’s onset of kids’ summer vacation (onslaught is more accurate) does not remind me of the summers of my generation, which were 12 weeks of completely unscheduled time. Summer looked like nothingness back then, in a good way. We spent 12 hours a day […]

Good Evening

Good Evening

One of my top 20 regrets in life (possibly even top 10, but more likely around #15 or so if I went through the process of considering and ranking regrets, which is too unappetizing to ever happen) is that in my mid 20s, in a […]

Mantras ‘R’ Us

Mantras ‘R’ Us

While progressing only a half-mile in 30 minutes in downtown Boston the other day, I thought about a recent Wall Street Journal article on mantras. The article, by Elizabeth Bernstein, said research shows “thinking of a word or phrase that affirms our values—and repeating it over […]