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Monthly Archive for July, 2013

The Literalist

Except for the background beat softly thumping from the speakers in the living room, we are quiet. The three of us. Rooted in the kitchen. Each to his own thought, his own business. His own mess. The song in the background reaches the chorus and the singer belts, “lift up your voice…lift up your voice…” […]

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Still Room In My Lap

He does not want to leave me. Not ever. Which is why his arms have pulled my neck to his. And why we are crowded on the brown stool together in the kitchen. The stool I have lost my shins to already six times today. The stool where now I squat to cradle my boy […]

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Strawberry-Chia Seed Freezer Jam

Chia seeds. Almost a household name now. Or not. But four months ago, while passing Christopher McDougall’s book, Born to Run, back and forth across a six hour flight, Husband and I first read “chia seeds” and puzzled over what one might even look like. We shrugged. But then by the end of the book Husband was moved […]

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The Gift of Camping

You know. It isn’t about the camping– the deflated air mattress beneath my sleeping bag and my son’s foot jammed across my neck and then his arm. And it isn’t about the mosquitoes. Dear God…the mosquitoes. And it isn’t about wading to my ankles in “Lake Ice Cube.” Or bailing to the van in a […]

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THE Salad Dressing

We eat a bit of salad. Which probably isn’t saying anything. Except that it isn’t the lettuce we can’t get enough of, as it is the dressing we douse it with. It’s like the going to the beach in Washington. A win. But then there’s going to the beach in say, Hawaii. And suddenly…the beach […]

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Summer Tea

The weather doesn’t tease so much in eastern Washington. It doesn’t dangle cloud cover and fifty degrees like a red bullfighter’s cape and then whip it away at four o’ clock.  Ta Daaa. No. In eastern Washington, it’s either blue sky and on it’s way to hot. Or already hot with blue sky. But here. […]

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Silver Falls 2013

In retrospect, it may have been wiser to have sat in the shade somewhere and sucked on ice chips. Or tossed ourselves in the lake. Or opened the freezer door at a mini mart and stared at the ice cream. For an hour. But. It’s hard to know what ‘wiser’ is when the ability to […]

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United. On Independence Day

We’ve been a little bit of everything. Awed by the work of the rain gutters. Dejected on the beach. If that’s possible. Overly-elated at our balancing abilities. Undeterred by the thunder and cloud cover on a not-so-105 degree day. And I mean… Undeterred. We’ve been so happy… We don’t care who knows about it. And […]

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