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Five in Five: Wednesday, January 24

It occurred to me the other day that I’ve been menstruating for nigh on 40 years, and my first reaction was: HEY, LOOK, I CAN DO A THING! My friend Ellen has started a newsletter; when she asked if she could interview me, my answer was “Hell, yes” followed a...

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Five in Five: Tuesday, January 23

In an effort to get myself writing — writing anything — I’m going to try to type every day: five minutes of freewriting and brain dump followed by five minutes of cleaning up the dump. The results will be random, but at least I’ll be making myself get words out....

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Po’ Boy

Chin merging into neck, the guy sharing our table is persistently friendly, hail-fellow-well-met-ing his way through the world. In what feels like a bold wardrobe choice for a white suburban middle-ager, he’s wearing orange — but then again so were clusters of people around us during the long wait to get...

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Truffle Kerfuffle

She’s making a holiday gift for her friends. 17 friends. Wisely, she is giving them homemade treats.  At one point, she notes that a homemade gift really is the best. So is having a younger brother who is both a good listener and a willing helper. Because there are thirty-two...

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And Then an American Girl Doll Catalog Showed up in the Mail

Listen, if the seventeen-year-old Allegra says I should download a crop of Instagram Stories and put them on my blog so that she can watch them again (the word “Sciiientollllogy” getting stuck in her head for days), then you better believe I will hit the downloading hard and fast. Please,...

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Puzzled

I’m feeling desperate, like it’s never going to be right. No matter how hard I sit, think, mull, adjust, examine, and strategize, it’s all just OFF. It shouldn’t be like this. I hate it. If I have taken care and been conscious and careful, it should be right. But it’s...

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To the Vets

Let’s be honest. College students are zesty, quirky, charming, and inspiring. Sometimes, their appeal is a function of their age; young people in their late teens and early twenties are fueled by possibility, surefootedly clomping through their days, energized by the conviction that they are axes around which entire worlds...

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The Loaf

While I doubt it’ll make me eligible for worker’s compensation, I did suffer a trauma at the college yesterday. Settle in with a king-sized Tootsie Roll, and enjoy this tale of A Legendary Bowel. 

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Nobody Listens

The last months have cast me into many varieties of stress and time-crunchedness, and whenever I do have free time near a keyboard, there is always non-blog writing that needs to be tackled. I miss blog writing. Lately, I’ve put seven minutes per week towards a long-suffering blog post, which...

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