A kayak named Minerva

Dan and I have a new way to get out of the house while staying socially distant: kayaking. Technically, Minerva is a packraft, not a kayak. Same diff. It inflates in a snap. Why “Minerva”? Recently I’ve been inspired by a piece of local history. In 1910, an entrepreneur named Oliver Toussaint Jackson founded the […]

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The AFI Top 100

Early on in our self-isolation, Dan and I decided to work through the American Film Institute’s Top 100. We figured this little project would help make sure that we didn’t emerge from our quarantine cocoon having only rewatched The Office a dozen times. (So far, we’ve only watched The Office one time through.) …And just […]

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In praise of patio concerts

I am accustomed to a life very full of live artistic experiences, such as plays and concerts. Though I completely respect the need to ban these gatherings during the pandemic, I have been feeling their absence. Zoom meetings and YouTube videos simply don’t cut it. Recently an artist I adore, Aoife O’Donovan, livestreamed a concert […]

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A banner day for mail

While Dan and I were making dinner, the doorbell rang. Dan popped downstairs and returned with packages he insisted were for me, though I wasn’t expecting anything. To call the unwrapping process intriguing would be an understatement. I was fascinated by every new layer, finally delving deep enough to discover artisan chocolates hidden within. Not […]

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