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Day 30: The Trenches

Little Blue is not lovely right now. Nothing is. The sky is leaden and the trees are, as my 9-year-old says, “a bunch of sticks.” Last week, while I was…

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Day 29: Windows

The guys put the windows and doors on the house this week. Last weekend, Gaby came over to help me think about landscaping, which we can’t afford right now, but…

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Writing Process

Day 28: Pause

  The framing is complete. Plumbing begins tomorrow. Next week, windows and then maybe doors. The roof comes soon. I am supposed to be writing songs. I have bits and…

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Day 27: Owl in Flight

I cannot get this owl’s face out of my head. “I’m still thinking about it,” I told my architect, who happens to also be a parent at our kids’ school….

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Day 26: Empty.

Last week, I got depressed. At first, I was puzzled. I had just had one of the best weekends of my life. Our MLK@JFK had gone better than my wildest…

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Day 25: Roof Beam Bridge

The roof beam is solid now, on the east and west edges of the house, but there is still no beam between the two ends. How the guys are going…

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Writing Process

Day 23: Architecture and the Novel

My Tuesday writing group is scribbling away in the front room, while Hudson and I sit back in Couchland, gazing at the new building. The guys are taking a break…

Nields

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Day 22: The Nields Rehearse a New Song

Katryna and I sang “Tyrants Always Fall” yesterday at the Women’s March in Northampton. So many people, so many pink hats, so much courage and strength! 2018 is our year,…

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Day 21: Walking Pneumonia, Little Blues

So after seven sick days, three doctor visits, a clear X-ray, a weirdly energetic weekend and a performance at the MLK, Jr Children’s Celebration, the boy showed up at Couchland…