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  • Dinner and a Show

    May 18, 2021 by

    As the kids have become teenagers, it has become easier to get out of the house for an evening. Our instructions are no longer rambling missives to the babysitter with phone numbers for poison control. Our instructions now are called over our shoulders to anyone downstairs within earshot. Saturday night, that wasn’t quite enough. There… Read more

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  • My Credentials

    May 1, 2021 by

    Through the years, a lot of my friends have managed to raise kids and hold down jobs at the same time. I don’t understand this extreme and skillful display of multitasking. I have never been able to do it myself. Those of you out there with this skill, I applaud you. Lately, I can’t even… Read more

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  • Dogs and their human Valentines

    February 14, 2021 by

    Ten years ago, I became friends with a dog on Facebook. I wouldn’t have thought about this again, except that a few days ago, a different dog friendship got the better of me. And that got me to thinking. Dogs are owned by no one.They are the true masters. But back to my Facebook Friend… Read more

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  • 51×51: Moving On

    January 26, 2021 by

    I jumped into the Hillsborough River on December 28. Shortly thereafter, I celebrated turning 50. Turning 50 was a milestone that had initially bothered me. I can’t explain why 50 bothered me and 40 didn’t. I guess we all draw lines in our heads sometimes. I don’t mind gaining a few pounds, but 10 pounds… Read more

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  • 50×50: the exit plan

    December 28, 2020 by

    The day before I turned 50, I leaped into the Hillsborough River.Intentionally.Nothing was chasing me except the clock. I have watched the Hillsborough River snake through my back yard for more than 6 years now. I have always wanted to jump into it. You have to pick your time slots carefully, however, as the river… Read more

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  • Endings

    November 24, 2020 by

    I hate endings. I have always hated them. I hate finishing books and movies. I hate the end of a lovely vacation. I’m not even willing to watch a toxic friendship wither without some grieving on the side. I believe my angst from this is part subtraction and part addition. The joy or satisfaction of… Read more

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  • The Magic Show

    August 14, 2020 by

    Dear Andrew, Most of our longest talks were done before you were 10 years old. Now you are 19 and tomorrow you move out. I know we won’t be having a talk then. You are excited, as you should be. You are pulling away and spreading out as you need to. You are growing in… Read more

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  • Choosing my own adventure

    July 10, 2020 by

    When I was a kid, I absolutely devoured the Choose Your Own Adventure books. I loved them because I loved reading. I loved them because the options seemed limitless. And I loved them because I had control over the ending. I read each one multiple times, trying to end it differently each time. Control is… Read more

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  • Long Haul

    July 9, 2020 by

    So much has happened.Nothing has happened.My world is sometimes unrecognizable, but that’s likely because I never had time to look at it before. I’ve been writing. I haven’t been writing here. It’s hard to do both, but I’m going to make a stronger effort.In the last few weeks, my oldest graduated but did not have… Read more

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