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Blessed Be the Tie That Binds

My maternal grandmother died in a car accident, when her brakes went out on a winding mountain road in California.  Margarette Fairbank Dyson Milanese was a tiny woman, barely five feet tall, with a wavy pin-curl bob and starched white … Continue reading

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The Ace Transducer

My husband, Ace, doesn’t believe in Valentine’s Day, says he doesn’t want to be manipulated by our consumerist culture into professing ebullient emotions in a manner befitting an extrovert.  Those are my words.  He’d say, “I don’t like it when … Continue reading

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Try a Little Tenderness

Several weeks ago, a short article in the Star Tribune caught my eye.  The Ebola outbreak in Africa effectively trapped a woman and her two children, preventing them from getting home to Minnesota.  In order to return, they would’ve needed … Continue reading

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What Then Must We Do?

Dear man at the corner with the cardboard sign: You make me uncomfortable.  Let me rephrase that.  I feel uncomfortable when I pull up next to you in my relatively new Subaru Outback as I drive to our well-appointed home … Continue reading

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The Top 10 Reasons I Love the Minnesota State Fair

Sunday night.  I just consumed cherries, a Tosca pear, orange sweet pepper, raspberries, and eight ounces of Citrucel in my after-the-fair cleansing ritual.  Begone mini donuts!  Get thee away deep-deep-deep-fried perch! Still giddy from my Friday Fair success (I went … Continue reading

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Grampa Sid’s Sharpie Legacy

I can picture the seagulls clearly, dancing along their proscribed circles, all in orbit around the hook hanging from my ceiling.  The ubiquitous 1970s mobile.  Mine with graceful arcs of silver metal, the birds dangling on their little tethers. Grampa … Continue reading

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Rejecting John Green – A Love Letter

Dear John Green: Thank you so much for sending along your manuscript, The Fault in Our Stars, for my consideration.  I’m afraid it is not quite right for our list at this time. You demonstrate startling insight into the teenage … Continue reading

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A Tail of Too Shitties

(Please be advised that this post contains an excessive number of exclamation points.  And a couple photos that some folks might consider gross.  Please plan accordingly.) The dark brown dots on the side of the fridge aren’t chocolate.  Or paint. … Continue reading

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Fein and Dandy

Some time after the birth of my son, I found the first one.  Coarse, errant, longer than the other eyebrow hairs.  I freaked out.  Well, that’s it then – it’s all downhill from here on out.  Ace claims that everything … Continue reading

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Prompt Writing: “Cuban Donkey Guy”

The three of us sit at writing group, tossing out ideas to use as writing prompts.  Linda: Finding your voice; Current feelings; Using geography as an excuse; I don’t go there anymore.  Anne: The incidental orphan; Rising above; At the … Continue reading

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