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Earlier this year my husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at a resort in Fiji. Situated on an island in the Beqa Lagoon south of the Fijian mainland, the resort was an absolute … more
“Violet was out last week too, right?” the attendance secretary asks when I call Monday morning to report that my daughter is sick. Again. Last week it was, “Violet’s been … more
One thing you learn when you bike in the Northwest is that you won’t get much riding done if you don’t go out when it’s cold, dark and wet. more
As I sat on the kitchen floor blinking back tears, I realized that the thing I had been working towards for the last three months wasn’t going to happen. I was sweaty, I was in pain and I felt … more
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Given the opportunity, wouldn’t we all choose to be shiny, happy people? Advertisers know the vast majority do. But when I watch sports on television with my young daughter, uncomfortable … more
Election season is creeping up on us and, unsurprisingly, tribal power games are becoming more inflammatory. Hair-on-fire-reporting fills the airwaves, and my hair is getting singed. For … more
All over the world and throughout all time, I’m betting, society has been creating a certain profile or image of who the perfect people are. No matter who you are or where you come from, everybody … more
Those Easter mornings, my mother made hot cross buns. I remember them well, their butter-basted crowns glistening in the light with cross-shaped frosting dripping down the sides. I can smell their … more
I have been living on the Key Peninsula since Oct. 25, 2007. I moved here to increase the diversity and to be as close as I can to the water. I also thought that because I made it out of the trap … more
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In 1990 I was a 26-year-old dilettante who thought I’d accumulated enough savings and contacts and clout working at a big time publisher in New York City to believe I could plunge blind-folded … more
I am not quite old enough to remember the assassination of Lincoln, but I do remember hearing Hank Snow’s 1962 hit “I’ve Been Everywhere, Man” on AM radio. If you are a youngster, that’s … more
Artificial intelligence is coming for your job! It’s coming for my job! It’s taking us a step closer to the singularity! We need to prepare for the rise of the machines! … more
It’s happening again, the thing we all know and dread. There is nothing we can do about it; we just have to get through it. You know what I’m talking about — the long, dreary last … more
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Harnessing fusion energy as a source for carbon-free, near limitless electricity seemed much closer last November when the Department of Energy breathlessly announced a key advance: there was a … more
We were on Pirates of the Caribbean, my 6-year-old daughter wide-eyed with glee for the realism and mystery, while my 3-year-old son quickly closed his eyes and put his head down in my lap — … more
At some point a grave is no longer a grave, just a depression. Then a disturbance in the soil. Then part of the garden, a pile of rocks. (She’s gone.) Lots of rocks down here. more
My husband, Bill, recovering from minor surgery, slept in the downstairs bedroom. Rather than bother him during the night, I slept on the sofa a few feet from the door to the bedroom so I could hear … more
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