Category Archives: Life

The Book – an update

Lots of things are happening behind the scenes in my writing world, which is why I’ve been scarce lately and haven’t been chattering on about all the exciting things happening in the world of physics, such as the solar flare … Continue reading

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Ebert, Art, and Life after Death

The great writer Roger Ebert died yesterday, and the news made me cry. Not as soon as I read it but an hour later, when I was driving to the bookstore (hurrying, since I had only a short while before … Continue reading

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Hear Them Roar – Women of the 2012 Olympics

Four years. One thousand, four hundred and sixty days. That’s a long time to wait. A long time to work towards redemption. At the age of 12, Dana Vollmer was the youngest swimmer at the 2000 Olympic Trials. She didn’t … Continue reading

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Whatchoo talking ’bout, Hilary?

I don’t usually do opinion pieces on this blog, for a variety of reasons. Nevertheless. When one begins to fear that a significant percentage of the populace has lost their ever-loving minds, one feels obliged to speak up. In the … Continue reading

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Huhns in Space

As you may have heard, that intrepid man-about-town Richard Branson has developed a spaceflight program for civilians, Virgin Galactic. Anyone who can cough up $200,000 is now eligible to venture into the great unknown. (The latest person to sign up … Continue reading

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On (Attempted) Writing

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne Last week, I started reading Open, the autobiography of Andre Agassi. And, jeepers creepers. This is by far the best sports bio I’ve ever read. Andre’s story is incredible, better than fiction. … Continue reading

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Changes – Mommyish

In 2006, my family changed dramatically – not just once, but twice. That April, at the age of 35, I gave birth to my first baby, a beautiful boy who stole my heart and completely upended my life. That whole … Continue reading

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My Swiftly Tilting Planet

On the Tuesday before Christmas, when my husband was on vacation, we took our boys to a water park, located at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville. This is the place where they house the Spruce Goose and lots of … Continue reading

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Monks with Brooms

The newspaper headline caught my eye last Thursday, because it sounded like the set-up to a late-night comedy sketch: “Monks brawl with brooms in Bethlehem.” This has to be a joke, I thought. Just one year ago, I spent a … Continue reading

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Emmanuel

Last week, I purchased the Blu-ray edition of “Planet Earth.” We’d missed the series when it originally aired in the U.S. because at that time, I was still nursing my firstborn and was such a bleary, exhausted mess, the entire … Continue reading

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