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Parenting/The Full Catastrophe

School Shootings and our Cultural Divide

Last Thursday at 2:15pm, I was bringing my son back to his school, as usual, after his violin lesson. Because of heightened security, because of school shootings, one now has…

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The Barn Project

Writing Process

Day 39: KonMari-ing my Clothes

I want to say “Part One of a Five Part Series” so that I am forced to go through the whole entire process. For those who don’t know what I…

The Barn Project

Writing Process

Day 38: What Makes a Novel “Succeed”?

  A designer friend of mine shook his head when I suggested a choice for our kitchen renovation. “No,” he said, “I don’t think that will succeed.” It was the…

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The Barn Project

Writing Process

Day 37: Reasons for Hope in the age of President Toupee

There is so much bad news. Just now, I learned about the NFL’s stupid new policy, fining teams if players take a knee during the (racist, war-mongering, unsingable) national anthem….

Writing Process

Day 36: Pretend MFA

There seems to have been some confusion about the last post I wrote. We did not, for instance, get another dog, nor did we (would we) name her Dolly Parton,…

The Barn Project

Writing Process

Day 35: Spring Fever

And the flowers budded and bloomed on the trees, who finally and swiftly grew leaves so green it hurt to look at them, and the air became friendly and you…

The Barn Project

Day 34: Jesus Fish and Vaulted Ceilings

As I was waiting for the light to turn at the intersection of King Street and Damon Road, I felt someone in the car next to me trying to get…

The Barn Project

Day 33-Roof Almost Finished, Ditto Dry Wall

  OK, I am done being an optimist. I hate this weather. BUT. Today I watched the men swarming the building, roof and interior, and as I let myself hate…

The Barn Project

Day 32: Good Things About Not-Spring

Well, this is exciting! Roofers are swarming Little Blue, putting sheets of metal in neat rows. The second coat of paint is on the cupola, and the rest of the…