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I Haven’t Written That Book Yet

I always thought it would be fun to write a book. I was sure of the topic — it would be the story of my heritage, stemming from the fact that I’m a first generation American and how my family ended up in the United States.…

March 3, 2017
Pokémon Go challenge
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Turning the Tables on Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go, the virtual reality game app that has been luring people ages 5 and up off their couches and out of their air-conditioned homes this summer, is the brainchild of an equally invisible mastermind. Controlled by Niantic, Inc., a subsidiary of game creator…

August 5, 2016
Words with Friends Police
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The Words with Friends Police

There is an ongoing discussion at our house about how much time one spouse may reasonably expect the other spouse to devote to playing Words with Friends, the Scrabble-based wordie addiction. What is important to remember is that certain of the previous words are interchangeable: replace “discussion”…

July 3, 2015
You're Driving Me Crazy
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Driverless Cars Would Drive Me Crazy!

I am happy to admit that driving is one of my favorite activities. This is not an embarrassing fact. It’s fine if people know it. What isn’t fine is to admit that I can’t sit comfortably in the passenger seat, because then I would have to take…

January 23, 2015
Edgar Allan Poe's writings have poetry and a cadence that draws me in.
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The All-You-Can-Eat Buffet of Life

The more assignments I create for myself, the more often I catch myself (too late!) raising a hand to volunteer to take on another project, the more I realize that insanity isn’t all that simple to achieve. If it were, I could get some rest.…

October 31, 2014
There are times when a bright light may bring too much into focus. Or illuminate things which ought to remain in the dark.
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Do I Have to See the Light?

I was standing in the laundry room last week, folding clothes, when my gaze snagged on an artificial wreath hanging on the wall. Made up of pale lavender and green silk hydrangeas, it looked fuzzy. Fuzzy leaves, fuzzy vines, fuzzy stems. On closer inspection,…

March 21, 2013
It may only be a drop on the pavement, but wouldn't it be nice to simplify the election season in our country?
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Taking A Bite Out of A Sacred Cow’s Ear

It used to be that when Bessie the cow began dropping her milk productivity, you would take her by the lead and put her out to pasture. It was a gentler way of living, in those days. You’d rub Bessie behind the ears, and…

October 26, 2012