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The Punchlist

I’m like the suburban housewife version of The Karate Kid. Five hours of tree pruning, cutting, raking, tying bundles, and marking larger branches for removal, and every muscle’s feelin’ it. I’ve got some rad “carnage,” too (bruises and cuts). Thank … Continue reading

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Winter in Malibu

Winter in Malibu reminds me of winter on Chicago’s North Shore. When we first came sweeping into Malibu, it was a crisp 50 degrees. I was reminded of Chicago winters on Lake Michigan. It’d be so cold, the waves would … Continue reading

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Blogs from the Crypt

As I step into the labyrinth, I say silently, “I let go of the old life and walk toward the new.” I try to pace myself as I wind in circles. Just like the yellow lines on the road don’t … Continue reading

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Sticks and Stones, Thunder and Chocolate

Is it just me? All women? I hate to rush. It drives me bonkers. In my estimation, I have a really high threshold for stress. But rushing rattles my nerves. Once I’m rattled, it’s hard to chill down. We end … Continue reading

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Regretfully Yours

Every time I fly alone with the baby, I resolve not to do it again. (It’s tough–but it’s always worth it–I get to extend a stay in warm weather or with loved ones while my husband must return to work.) … Continue reading

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What kind of traveler are you?

My husband, a movie critic, says choosing a favorite movie would be like choosing a favorite child. But, I have a favorite photo from Portraits.   Look at the girl’s reflection in the door. Look at her fine dress. I … Continue reading

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Tlog (Travel log)

THURSDAY I am writing by candlelight. It’s about 8:30PM. The baby just conked out. The power has been out since this morning. My husband and I took a walk to the end of Playa El Zonte. I climbed a rock … Continue reading

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Estrella Fugaz

We were greeted by Antonio and his friend Oscar at the airport. An airport agent offered to let me use his cell phone when it looked like we needed to reach out to find our ride. The rural zone we … Continue reading

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El Salvador: Portraits

I am eager to share stories from El Salvador, where my husband and I just spent a week with our 11-month-old daughter. Yes, it is possible to travel abroad and enjoy a developing country with your baby in tow. I … Continue reading

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A Refresher Course in Simplicity

Do you stock up on things like paper towels? How does this affect your usage? I know if we have an 8-pack of paper towels or a 100 paper plates stacked, I tend to use more of these things. I’m … Continue reading

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