Category Archives: Et Cetera

Appointment at Tooth-Hurty

Her hands are in my mouth, poking, scraping, setting up X-ray cards. I bide my time for a chance to complain. I stare at a spot on the ceiling, bright blue sky, white clouds, pink spring blossoms in the corner … Continue reading

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Deleted moments

I love the move to digital photography with its endless chances to get the shot right, and I delete the bad ones as I go along. When I sifted through a box of old, curled up family photographs, though, I realized … Continue reading

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Seeking Treasure: The Thrill of the Chase

My husband pores over web sites, explaining his line-by-line interpretations as he toggles between a Google map and a poem that holds clues to the hidden treasure. He points out canyons and creeks, hots springs and abandoned mines. He has a feverish gleam … Continue reading

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Perfection slips away, one shot at a time

The ball springs off his racket toward my sweet spot; I’ll smash a forehand down the line: racket back, turn sideways, little steps, line it up, track it, bend my knees, follow through — a split second late, and that ball … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends as Spring Arrives

1. — Over the last year, I’ve photographed a few examples of the number 42 for a writing challenge I sometimes enter, but I recently started seeing the number all over the place. I’ve been scanning signs and price tags for it everywhere, … Continue reading

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I might be a replicant

{Send me a postcard} After watching the fascinating film Ex Machina, I fell into a rabbit hole reading about the Turing Test, sidled over to whether the Blade Runner replicant test counted as a Turing Test, and ended up scoring … Continue reading

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My 5th Blogoversary, and Love on a Copy Machine

Today is my 5th blogoversary. Five years of blogging! It’s been fulfilling to make connections with people around the world, some drifting into my life and others drifting out as our interests have changed, all documented here in living color. I … Continue reading

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I gave a speech and it was this big

SheKnows Media posted the speeches from the #BlogHer15 conference, and I finally got to see how my speech went down, free from the fog of memory and fear. I cued it up below to start one minute in, after my introduction … Continue reading

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Cry “Havoc!” in a Sleepy Classroom

My students hadn’t thought twice about a stab in the back, or a robe drenched in blood; video games steeled them against such violence. But when Antony let slip the dogs of war, those sleepy adolescents marveled that Shakespeare made them shudder. … Continue reading

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Escape New Haven, or Not

“You find yourself trapped in a madman’s workshop. Can you figure out how to use his tools and inventions against him to escape in 1 hour, before he releases the poison gas and puts an end to your attempts?” –Escape … Continue reading

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