Monthly Archives: September 2012

Adventures in decluttering: Letting go of the vinyl

Many of us hang onto our stuff long after we’ve stopped using it because it has strong memories associated with it.  Here’s a pile of record albums I took to the CD/ music shop this week because I haven’t listened … Continue reading

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A few resources for Spanish language learners

I began compiling this list in my head last year while studying at International Language Institute in Northampton, Massachusetts, and finally wrote it all down for some compañer@s in Northampton Spanish Meetup and classmates in ILI’s drop-in conversation group.  This … Continue reading

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Adventures in decluttering: The 6 1/2-year-old box

I finally did done of those exercises that many home organizing experts recommend:  taking those boxes of stuff you haven’t opened in years, and getting rid of the whole schmear.  If you’re a stickler for rules, you might say I … Continue reading

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Amethyst Brook

I went walking in the woods with her and came home with a white stone in my pocket and cuffs full of hemlock.  I went to bed alone wearing the same pants, and woke with tiny needles all over the … Continue reading

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Film comment: “Hope Springs” and the necessity of writing about sex

The movie pickin’s being slim, especially since our small town’s only theater closed a few months ago, a friend and I recently set off for the mall-plex in the next town to see the latest Meryl Streep film.  My friend … Continue reading

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Alison Bechdel’s first graphic memoir: Are you my (perverted) father?

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about critical thinking skills and dealing with gray areas in life.  My last mental workout in this arena came up, unsurprisingly, in the context of my book group.  For the last four years … Continue reading

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