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The Face of Homelessness Isn't What You Think
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The Face of Homelessness Is Not What You Think

Chris Llamas will turn 27 next May. He might bake a birthday cake and whip up a batch of meatloaf, his favorite food. He learned how to cook from his Grandma, using her handwritten recipes. He hasn’t been able to cook for years, but…

November 3, 2017
How To Mother in Law Operations Manual
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The How To Mother-In-Law Operations Manual

I was recently gifted another kid. It was a great opportunity to add a child to our family without me dealing with being pregnant, which previously (twice) has meant gaining 50 pounds a pop. And no, I haven’t acquired another dog, and I still…

July 7, 2017
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Stepping Into A Mentor’s Shoes

It’s January, that point on the Western calendar when we humans are pre-programmed to look in the mirror with trepidation, sigh and lace up our running shoes. And even though I’ll try to be good and get back into an exercise regimen, somehow it seems unfair that the New…

January 6, 2017
Opening a Window With Habitat
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Opening A Window With Habitat

When I was thirteen there was a poster next to my bed with a cat hanging onto a rope by its claws. The mantra below the photo was pretty classic — “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Hanging…

July 8, 2016
How to be a rotten house guest
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How To Be a Rotten House Guest

Before my parents acquired ownership of my grandparents’ rustic mountain cabin, and my mom cleaned out its wondrous assortment of tchotchkes, a sign hung in the lower level bathroom, giving fair warning to house guests who might have a hankering to overstay their welcome…

September 11, 2015
Why Grief is Good, Charlie Brown
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Why Grief is Good, Charlie Brown

I was relieved to learn the other day that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus had set into motion plans to retire their performing elephants, removing the gentle beasts from their shows by 2018. I have never enjoyed watching the elephants at the…

April 10, 2015
Ice sculpture found hiking looks like prehistoric reptile.
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An Epidemic of Wishful Thinking

Several reputable columnists I follow have recently drummed up the perennial theme of the benefit of the family dinnertime tradition. There seems to be a belief that we can only succeed as respectable, honest, and moral humans if young people break bread with their…

January 24, 2014
Patio des Leones at the Alhambra, Grenada, Spain
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When Enough is Too Much The Souvenir Dilemma

The woman regarded me over the American Airlines check-in counter with disdain. I had just flunked an important test, the biggest one, the one where they won’t allow you to walk around the crowd control tape and proceed on your merry way towards snaking Security…

November 29, 2013