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801 Eleventh Street

We pulled through town and turned off the main thoroughfare, crossing the railroad tracks as we’ve always done and driving up the hill. . As it has for well over a century, the little old house sat there stoically as life moved on around it.  Surrounded by streets on all three sides, it is its…

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Shiny Objects: The Tech Covet List

As mentioned in the kick-off post for the 2015 Shiny Objects series, it’s no secret that I frequently have a handful of items I’m coveting related to technology. Even as I work incredibly hard to reduce possessions in most facets of my life and continue to doggedly give away, consign or repurpose items we do…

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Shiny Objects: My Digital Life

Almost two years ago, I carried on (as I am wont to do) about a column I’m pining for that used to run in Lucky Magazine called How I’m Wired. I still miss it, and I’m still waiting for Lucky to call me about resuscitating the column. Le sigh. Anyway, in the aforementioned post, I listed my Nine Essential…

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In Defense Of The Blurry Ones

At a recent holiday gathering, my eleven year old temporarily owned an array of miscellaneous items during a white elephant exchange.  Before it was swiped away by a family member, she examined her spoils and found an unused disposable camera.  In an effort to identify the strange item, she read the packaging and still appeared…

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At The Beach

We were heading to the beach, and it felt like going to see an old friend. There is a goodness to revisiting a place you’ve been before, because the familiarity adds a layer of calm and knowing anticipation. We knew the landscape as it unfolded, and we saw it in a way that felt reassuring.…