Dangerous Liaisons in Pine Valley

While driving home from the Apple Store today in Lincoln Park, I passed a Bank of America branch on Clybourn Avenue. Sitting in traffic near it, waiting for the light to turn, I was reminded that it wasn’t always a bank branch, and was in fact part of my early years in retail hell in…

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My Favorite Season

I love autumn. It’s my favorite season–in spite of what it is the harbinger of here in the Midwest. It’s the crisp earthy smell in the air, the vibrant colors of the changing leaves, and the sound of them crunching beneath shoes (or paws). It’s the time when you begin to layer, and pull out…

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What His Birthday Inspires

I knew it was looming ahead, but never took the time to confirm until I returned to work recently and began regularly looking at a calendar again to realize Ken’s birthday was fast approaching. Very fast. Today is Ken’s birthday. I have to say I really like typing that in the present tense (is–not was,…

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The Sweet and Surprising Rewards of Fighting Entropy

Changing things around the apartment is a tricky business for me. Leaving things as they were when Ken was alive offers some kind of security–or maybe a kind of certainty that he was here–especially if it was something he’d placed himself. So, finding myself sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor at 11 pm…

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A Bundle of Joy

(Me and the Peanut on Tuesday) This week I made a date to head to the <insert gasp here> suburbs to visit my friend Anna and her husband for a very special reason: to meet their one-month old daughter Amelia Violet. It was special for me for a couple of reasons. First, Anna was a…

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Mine Fields of Memories

My task list had been taunting me all week. I’d managed to get some writing done, in addition to enjoying and caring for me new puppy, but I’ve had some organization projects I’ve been wanting to tackle on my time off. Since Kallie doesn’t yet have full access to the entire apartment (we’ve tried twice…unsuccessfully)…

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This Time of Year

I wasn’t surprised as I’ve felt so confident and content over the last couple of weeks–particularly since adding Kalpurnia Kismet to my family that it might be followed with a grief burst. But this time it was brief. (brief burst?) Again in my meditative spot in the front yard as Kallie frolicked and a long-needed…

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What a Difference a Year Makes

The way time has passed over the last year has never ceased to astound me. As I sit in the front yard playing with Kallie or watching her do her own Chow thing, it’s hard to not look around my quiet little street–sporadically interrupted by the Brown Line growling through the tree tops–feeling content and…

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Something There Is That Doesn't Love a Wall

Getting Kallie–though secretly long-considered–was an impulse decision that was somehow bigger than I. Though hesitant at first, something inside me knew it was the right decision. Yes, there are challenges in raising a puppy, but I have never been more right. Aside from giving me another layer of connection with Ken as I think about…

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