Tag Archives: favorite objects

Schadenfreude in My Facebook Feed

Schadenfreude: pleasure derived from the misfortune of another, or, just maybe, from the fortune he never wanted Although he was my mortal enemy and chief bully during my formative years, my brother Steve and I reached a détente when I reached my … 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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Friday night date night just got better, and cheaper, and did I mention I didn’t have to leave the house?

When our kids were babies, my husband and I would hurry home on Friday afternoons to squeeze in a quick bite in a restaurant before the clock ran out to pick the boys up from day care, our only time … Continue reading

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Year in Review 2015: Just When I Thought I Was Out

{Celebrate your courage. Send me a postcard.} I slowed down with blogging in 2015 and didn’t write a single post for the month of June for the first time since I began in 2011. Just when I thought I was … Continue reading

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Playing the bodhran, an Irish frame drum

{Only 4 things to go to complete 101 things in 1001 days!} Squeezed into a little Irish pub, a pub that looked exactly like what a movie set of an Irish pub would look like, I held my pint and … Continue reading

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Greensleeves and the F.U. Sharp

“Alas, my love, you do me wrong, To cast me off discourteously.” — Greensleeves Back in high school, it was a struggle of love to show up for guitar lessons each week, paid for myself out of a scant minimum … Continue reading

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Framing a Memory

My stubby finger traced the groove’s curves, pushing aside the fresh sawdust and smelling its piney scent. “That’s a potato, Marcy,” my dad said. “Do you know where they have a lot of potatoes?” I had no idea. “In Ireland,” … Continue reading

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My Burning House

Years ago, I pondered this question: What objects would I grab from my burning house? The answer–my photos–was an unrealistic one in that I had many, many cumbersome albums. That led me to digitize and upload much of my collection. … Continue reading

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Love in a Mixtape

{Send me a postcard} Love in a Mixtape Back in 1988, we still looked up movie show times in newspapers, we still were shocked by the Iran-Contra affair on television, and we still made mixtapes on audio cassettes. That summer, … Continue reading

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