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The More Observant Among You Will Have Noticed My Heavy Reliance on the Pictoral Post in Recent Weeks, and Shut Up Already That I’m Essentially Phoning in My Blogging Life Because I’m Teaching Summer Classes at the Same Time I’m Computing How Many Pairs of Underwear Can Fit Into a Compression Sack 16

The More Observant Among You Will Have Noticed My Heavy Reliance on the Pictoral Post in Recent Weeks, and Shut Up Already That I’m Essentially Phoning in My Blogging Life Because I’m Teaching Summer Classes at the Same Time I’m Computing How Many Pairs of Underwear Can Fit Into a Compression Sack

  I promise I’m not complaining. The truth is, the kids are off at daycamp this week, which magically opens up the daytime hours for Groom and me to hustle around the house, throw bedding into plastic bags, and disassemble bed frames, all while staring at a pile of caribiners...

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I Never Saw Harry Potter Slow Down Long Enough to Read a Book, Not Incidentally 18

I Never Saw Harry Potter Slow Down Long Enough to Read a Book, Not Incidentally

“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?”  Jane Austen Waiting for a break in the conversation, the impatient ten-year-old saw his chance.  The two mothers had slowed their discussion of preschools just long enough for him to break...

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We Haven’t Packed the Whiteboard Yet 13

We Haven’t Packed the Whiteboard Yet

  …which means we still have a Question of the Day. Recently, I posed this one: “If you had a ball, a slinky, a marble, a pancake, and a fuzzy slipper, what would you invent with them?” My response was: “an extremely difficult obstacle course for Polly Pockets” Our Girl’s...

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Daily Views 19

Daily Views

  Regular life mixes with preparation for change.  We have friends over, write commitments on the calendar, and pack boxes in anticipation of time away. Yesterday, tired of not being able to unlock or start up our one remaining vehicle without cursing and burying a crock of cabbage in the...

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You Know How On Extreme Makeover They Drive the Bus Away for the ‘Big Reveal’? This Is Kind of Like That, Only Nobody Gets a Jungle Theme in the Living Room 23

You Know How On Extreme Makeover They Drive the Bus Away for the ‘Big Reveal’? This Is Kind of Like That, Only Nobody Gets a Jungle Theme in the Living Room

  The kids raced away from the school bus on the final day of the school year, sweat and excitement mixed on their faces. Breathlessly, Paco reported, “Al the Bus Driver is so nice. We’re the last kids off today, so he gave us each TWO suckers to celebrate the...

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I Never Can Say Quite As Much As I Know 19

I Never Can Say Quite As Much As I Know

“I Never Can Say Quite As Much As I Know” –Robert Olen Butler The thing about attending an academic conference is that the days are packed so full of sessions and readings and “plenaries” that participants find their time booked from early morning until dusk. When attendees have taken several flights...

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Northern Ascendancy:  The Moxie of the Imperfect 19

Northern Ascendancy: The Moxie of the Imperfect

  I crossed a border yesterday. For a passport-toting white woman nowhere near Arizona, this should have been a straightforward endeavor. However, I failed to factor in that the airplane slotted to fly me out of Duluth was to have come from Chicago, and Chicago is windy and foggy and muggy and corrupt. Plus,...

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The Rare Photo That Captures Perfectly Each Kid’s Personality 19

The Rare Photo That Captures Perfectly Each Kid’s Personality

  One of these kids will grow up to teach in an elementary school classroom, run a human resources office, or become a sociological researcher. The other one will grow up to work as a Lego masterbuilder or–even better–a mad scientist. One of these kids passes spare moments sawing out...

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One of My Favorite ‘It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over’ Examples 17

One of My Favorite ‘It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over’ Examples

  While it always saddens me when my virtual life is neglected, I can’t mourn it too much when the neglect stems from a flurry of activity in my here-and-now life.  That is to say:  we have visitors this weekend, as we did last weekend. This time, our pals Virginia and...

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Just Read the Eudora Welty Story Already 17

Just Read the Eudora Welty Story Already

Summer session began last week, and I was immediately reminded that the nub of my job is closing gaps.  For everyone, college does some bridging:  from past to future; from who one was to who one wants to be; from never having had a beer to imbibing a twelve-pack every Monday (“Rock ON,...

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