Monthly Archives: December 2011

Eight Albums That Blew My Mind & Five That Carried My Soul

In our house, we’ve been talking a lot about music that strikes an emotional chord — what separates it from music that may be equally good (or better) but somehow falls short of that desert-island threshold? It’s the difference between … Continue reading

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Juniper, Pearls and A Very Old Bottle of 7 Up

At the beginning of the month, I posed these questions: Possessions: What have you learned to live without this year? Have you acquired something(s) that has made your life better? Worse? Over the past few years, unintentionally and without realizing … Continue reading

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The Airing of Grievances

Today, in the United States, we observe Festivus, the fake winter holiday of choice for many of my nonreligious, childless peers. Though I’ve never gone in for feats of strength (because what a farce that would be), I do think … Continue reading

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The Best & Worst of 2011, News Edition

What is the best news you got this year? The worst? Once this year, on a single occasion, there was news that inspired and uplifted me, news that was so terrifically wonderful that it made me feel like hugging people … Continue reading

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My Shoes for Today are Invisible

For today: What shoes are you wearing? None. I know. This is where I get all braggy about working from home. I did have some on earlier — a pair of red TOMS — when I took the fat cat … Continue reading

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The Word Oregon, Persimmons, Photographs

Jenny would like to take a brief moment to revisit reverb10. The first prompt last year was, “One Word. Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Native Land

I’ve been reading Daniel Deronda by George Eliot: A human life, I think, should be well-rooted in some spot of native land, where it may get the love of tender kinship for the face of earth, for the labours men … Continue reading

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Romantic Comedies, LaMichael James, (No) End Zone

Val opened a can of worms with this one: The idea of the End Zone: That getting married, having a kid, getting a job, etc. is a self-contained accomplishment (rather than a whole new set of challenges). And how our … Continue reading

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Horoscopes

Val gets totally excited to read her horoscope each month until she remembers they’re utter crap. What’s your view on horoscopes? I worked on this for a few hours on Saturday, but the result was humorless and gave the impression … Continue reading

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Skyscraper Swan Song

Yesterday, I went on the record and committed to writing every day in December. What I didn’t say then, because it was still up in the air, is that a few other interesting people have joined me in this. I … Continue reading

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