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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood through Adulthood

"It's a feeling," she said. "I don't know how to put it, exactly. It's a feeling that my world could collapse. Just fall down all around me. Sort of like the cartoon character who's run out over the cliff and his legs are still pumping, but he's only standing on air and he's about to fall a long, long way down. Don't know how I've done as much as I have, and I don't know how long I can keep it up. I ascribe my success to the grace of God, but I'm still left with this feeling that it could all be taken away."

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Wednesday 7 March 2018

The Dark Divide by Danika Stone

A friend of mine recently asked me to help her set up an online dating profile. She got a bit dejected when I told her it was like most things in life -- you get out what you put in. She thought I meant spending hours combing through other peoples' profiles and picking just the right people to meet. I shook my head. "No," I told her, "it's more about doing the work to be really clear about what you want. Someone who's going to be scared away by who you are isn't worth your time." It's a theory that flies in the face of everything we're taught about social norms. My friend's eyes went wide, then darted away from mine, and she said something about maybe waiting a little longer.

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Saturday 19 October 2013

With Pen In Hand

A short one, because I stayed out past my bedtime last night in order to listen to live electronic harping. It was fabulous, and I must do so again soon. Though I plan to nap beforehand next time.

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Sunday 6 October 2013

Marching Ten By Ten

The house we bought over the summer is an older house. 90 years older, in fact. And on top of that it's been renovated and expanded several times. So it has old house issues.

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Saturday 7 September 2013

Summer Gone

Talking with a friend of mine recently, I wondered why I ever plan to get anything done over the Summer. Between camps and vacation and whatever else comes up, I never have time for anything.

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Monday 8 July 2013

The Lions of Al-Rassan and Other Random Things

I've spent evening for the last month reading Guy Gavriel Kay's The Lions of Al-Rassan. Yes, I know it was published 18 years ago. I was in college at the time. My reading amounted to not much more than college texts at that time, I'm ashamed to say. I'm still catching up.

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Sunday 23 June 2013

Thoughts on Education

Not long ago, a friend of mine posted this link, from a group known as Reclaiming the Conversation on Education, on Facebook. Shortly before that, a friend of mine with a child entering Kindergarten in the Fall asked me for my take on our local public school system.

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Saturday 9 March 2013

Thank you, Zerlina Maxwell

I just saw this clip. Just read this Salon.com article talking about the thoroughly disgusting backlash Zerlina Maxwell is dealing with over her statement that women don't need to be taught how to avoid rape.

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Wednesday 13 February 2013

Goodbye, My Darling Garden

The first breath of Spring has kissed Portland. Leaden skies have given way to pewter, and the first bulbs of the year have started to stir, even in my sun-starved yard.

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Friday 11 January 2013

Sunny and New

The sun is shining for the first time in what feels like weeks, though I know it's only been about 10 days. Sadly, the frost we woke up to is gone. I love living in the Pacific Northwest, but having grown up on the slopes of the Green Mountains, I sometimes long for those crisp, cold, sun-filled days and thick, perfect blankets of snow.

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