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Children thrive on routines: they find security in structure, reassurance in regular schedules. And, we confess, we don’t mind the predictability either. Our life in Greenville centered around Sunday-night Awana; dance practice, co-op, and time with Ma during the week; bagels on Saturdays; and a weekly visit to the library. 99 more words

Fall Update!

Hello anyone reading this!

I took the summer off, occasionally rehearsing to make sure that I didn’t lose the bit I’d created last semester, and worked on other things. 411 more words


Fresh this Weekend, Like a Bag of Donuts from the Cider Mill Enjoyed Beside the River, but Without the Bees

A few new books blew into our store this week: Robert Reich’s latest, The Heart Goes Last from the ever-prolific Margaret Atwood, and an irresistible trocito (and opportunity to join Patti Smith in a chorus of “Hail César!”) … 167 more words

Des Moines Homeless Shelter Celebrates 25 Years

DES MOINES, Iowa – Hawthorn Hill, a Des Moines-based non-profit helping homeless families with children, is celebrating 25 years at its New Directions facility at 3001 Grand Avenue. 170 more words


Goodbye Summer ..... Time to Re-Focus!

Can it really be that my last post was three months ago? Where did the summer go? I honestly don’t feel like I did much of anything, so I don’t know why I haven’t been blogging. 267 more words


The Dreamy, Sensual, and Bizarre Folk Tales of Yoko Tawada

Yoko Tawada’s English-language publisher, New Directions, describes her slender book The Bridegroom Was a Dog in simple and straightforward terms: “A bizarre tale of passion and romance between a schoolteacher and a dog.” There is, of course, complexity to this tight and colorful novella (written in 1993, and translated from Japanese in 1998), in which the life of Mitsuko, an eccentric teacher, begins to take on the qualities of a fable when a strange, doglike man arrives in her home and engulfs her life.  246 more words


Navigating a new course, slowly but surely

It’s a drizzly Sunday afternoon in “Bree’s Company.”

I’m hunkered down in my cushy red leather recliner, streaming KEXP and reflecting on my life.

I’m on a quest to figure out what I want to do next. 136 more words

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