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What I learned by giving up my dreams

What I learned by giving up my dreams by Danielle Simone Brand, theweek.com July 31st, 2018 “Years ago, I nursed an escape fantasy about the kind of person I could be if I only traded my Washington, D.C., lifestyle — … Continue reading

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Disbursal

“For some weeks now I have been engaged in disbursing the contents of this apartment, trying to persuade hundreds of inanimate objects to scatter and leave me alone.  It is not a simple matter. I am impressed by the reluctance … Continue reading

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Changing lodgings

It ought to be the perfect place for us, our modest house on a small city lot.  From the vantage point of my 50s and even early 60s, I believed it to be the perfect place to retire. I expected … Continue reading

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The new part of the journey, so far…

A Linkedin notification arrived several days ago, with news of Eric, a former colleague who has recently secured a new position at a new business.   Several years ago we collaborated on the relocation of the office he then managed. … Continue reading

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On place

“I began to consider the different ways – three by my count – that Americans connect to place, each one a way of living. The first evolves out of the idea that place is movable, that you can take home … Continue reading

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Being, not doing

de·com·pres·sion dēkəmˈpreSH(ə)n/ noun a release of compressing forces   The door to my bedroom in the house where I grew up was at the top of the stairs.  My window faced the street.  In summer, the first light of morning … Continue reading

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Letter to Dad

“It’s these short tidbits that help me connect the many disconnected dots within the world that comprised my mom and dad.”  * * * Fathers Day, 2017 Dad, In my earliest memories, you are there.  I felt your presence in … Continue reading

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