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HEART to HEART to HEART

I’ve been re-watching The Great British Baking Show. If you aren’t familiar with the program — it’s a bake-off, a competition. And it’s about as much drama as I can handle right now. All of the contestants are committed and…

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RAISE A GLASS

At first, my title this week was meant to refer to the lenses through which we view the world — spectacles and windows and prisms — and to offer an encouraging invitation to raise these glasses on purpose, to gaze…

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PLUS ONE

It’s the season for lace hearts and lavish bouquets and boxes of chocolates. I get that all this can be cloying and irksome. Basically, I’m a romantic fool with a really high tolerance for head-over-heels excess, but even for me…

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EXCEPTIONALLY ORDINARY

I was listening to an interview with actor and talk-show host, James Corden.  He’s met and worked with just about everybody in the entertainment industry.  It was a fun interview with lots of juicy bits and name-dropping, but I found…

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A REPTILE DYSFUNCTION

Using it as my title gives away the punchline to this silly joke —“What do you call it when an iguana has physical intimacy issues?” It’s an awful groaner, but it made me laugh. And after some consideration, I think…

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WHAT’S WHAT

I was watching a documentary series about near-death experiences this week.  It’s a subject that I find endlessly fascinating, in part because it encapsulates the constant tension between the human desire for certainty, for clear answers, and the abiding fact…

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GOOSE BUMPS

Hell if I know what to write the day after the President of the United States incited an armed insurrection against democracy and a violent mob stormed the Capitol carrying confederate battle flags.   I feel the weight of responsibility…

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TELLING

A few days ago, I was on my way home from a walk around Roosevelt Park.  I had just come under the I-25 overpass and was waiting for the traffic light to change.  While I stood there, an old Toyota…

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TRUE BLUE 2020

I looked up the origin of the phrase “true blue.”  Some say it refers to the endless blue sky above us, the blue yonder.  Others suggest that it might have had something to do with the purity of noble lineage,…

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