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into the woods

This New Year's, as I sifted through my Facebook feed, I couldn't help but notice an almost direct proportionality between peoples' excitement for the new year and their derision for the last one. The more exuberantly a friend would welcome 2013 with resolutions and affirmations, the more venomously they'd talk about how terrible 2012 was and how glad they are that it's over. It makes sense, of course. The more expectation you heap on something, the more likely it is to disappoint when it fails Read more [...]
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the year of gettin’ sh-t done

There must be something in the air this year, because all around me I see friends and colleagues kicking butt left and right. People are going back to school and writing books and exercising and taking stock in their health (both physical and mental) and taking on all sorts of Big And Amazing Projects™. All those "I'd really like to do this but I can't right now" goals they'd been putting off for so long, they're finally tackling. For my part, I'd made some minor accomplishments in the areas of eating well and exercising, and I'd started the planning stages on a few photography projects I'm excited for, but it wasn't until today that I actually did something. Read more [...]
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“I wish I’d taken more pictures”

Tasha died last Monday. I've been watching my cursor blink for going on ten minutes now, unable to think of what to say next. Dozens of thoughts and narrative threads flood my mind but none of them feel right. Read more [...]
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animals & pets

the sadness of pets

My entire life, I've been surrounded by animals. When my parents took me home from the hospital thirty-five years ago, there was already a happy German Shepherd pup waiting for me. When we first moved to the Philippines we stayed with my grandparents, who had on their very large property (among other things) twenty dogs, twenty cats, a pen of geese, a coop of doves, turtles, a parrot, and three macaque monkeys. Yes, monkeys. Other kids my age were lucky if their parents let them have a goldfish. I got to hang out with monkeys. Read more [...]
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the chase

Winter runners always make me feel especially lazy. I can't be bothered to run when it's nice out, and these guys are running in cold winter weather. Read more [...]