Bringing War Closer

Bringing War Closer

Suddenly Ukraine isn’t far away A time has come I never thought I’d live to see As Russian forces massed on the borders of Ukraine and Putin ginned up justifications for an unprovoked invasion, I hoped he could be edged back from the brink. I listened to President Biden’s near-daily warnings of an imminent attack…

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Listen to Your Body

Listen to Your Body

Before it starts screaming at you Our bodies speak to us in sensations So say a number of the yoga teachers I’ve had the pleasure to study with over the years. It’s an illuminating addition to the admonition we hear all the time to “listen to your body,” and it makes sense. Our bodies, like…

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What Did I Miss While I Was Gone?

What Did I Miss While I Was Gone?

It seems the world went on without me Returning from vacation is weird \Getting away for longer than an extended weekend takes a lot of forethought, a lot of anticipation, a lot of fortune-telling: you will wish you’d brought that sweater; you will regret bringing those shoes; you will be approached by a stranger bearing…

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How To Be in Two Places at Once

How To Be in Two Places at Once

I’m doing it right now You have at least three superpowers Assuming you are a person living in an industrialized, technically up-to-date society, you are able to do things that not so long ago in human history would have been impossible. You’ve probably lost sight of your extraordinary gifts since you use them so frequently.…

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I’m a Meme!

I’m a Meme!

Am I the only one who didn’t know? I had an entirely different post in mind, until . . . I read the most recent issue of Roxanne Gay’s addictive newsletter, The Audacious Roundup (highly recommended). One of her beguiling news tidbits this week reads: “I cannot begin to wrap my mind around this story…

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Ageism Hurts Everyone

Ageism Hurts Everyone

No matter your tally of birthdays Ageism = the last “ism” to be recognized In our culture — not just North America, but a whole lot of the developed world — ageism is so ingrained that it’s easy to miss. We’re so used to it that we don’t even see it when it’s right there…

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Dogtail Hour in Our ‘Hood

Dogtail Hour in Our ‘Hood

It’s BYOT — Bring your own toy There’s an unofficial dog park on our block It’s really just a large lawn, mostly flat but sloping gently toward the middle, originally put there by the developers as an aesthetic way to handle drainage. It’s bounded by streets on two sides, by an alley on one, and…

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Americans Agree on a Lot

Americans Agree on a Lot

So let’s change the narrative of division Months back, I vowed to stop writing about politics But that doesn’t mean I won’t write about democracy, or about what it means to be an American in these critical days. Especially having just passed the first anniversary of January 6, 2021 — a day that I believe…

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Hear That Sound?

Hear That Sound?

That’s January arriving. Brace yourself Remember November? How it appeared burnished with gold and, as the weeks swelled into the feasting time, dripped with butter? Then December bustled in like a pleasantly plump auntie, eager to help decorate and shop and bake cookies until it was time to sit down with a nice cup of…

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