On Belonging

I had promised myself I wouldn’t cry at this reunion. In one of the few photos from our fifth college reunion, we’re all smiling: former roommates, wingies, best friends. I’m the only one in the group whose red, puffy eyes and tentative smile are giveaways of the tears I’d just wiped away prior to the […]

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To My Dear Old Friends

Open Door

Dear Old Friend, I miss you. I know I haven’t been a very good friend, but I think about you a lot. ¬†And, thanks to Facebook, I see random bits and pieces of your life now, so many years removed from the last time we spent together in person. I see you with your friends […]

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Glimpses of Grief

Yesterday, I wrote about the death of a friend. This is a post from another dear friend about the incident. Fourteen years later, and we’ve barely spoken about it. For me, it was just too much, and too connected to too many other things that have gone unspoken. It’s strange, how sometimes with grief, there […]

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A Sunny Day Like This

One of the best kept secrets about living in the Northwest is that we get bright, sunny days in January. Looking out the window, with all the green from the cedars and Douglas Firs, you can almost fool yourself into thinking it’s summer. Upon stepping outside, the east winds will quickly disillusion you.

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XXX-Mas

Elf-shaming

Ahhh. Christmas Memories. At a family gift exchange a few years ago, I was excited to open this present from my brother and his girlfriend: “A rabbit! Ours broke! We needed one of these!” I exclaimed.

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