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Un lavoro strano

Italian homework. Last week we had to write an interview with someone. I wrote about a woman who had to give away her cat interviewing a kid (un ragazzo) who’d only had a cat when he was five or six … Continue reading

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Brain vacuuming

As I was nearly asleep last night Chip said “Are they going to clean your brain tonight?” I laughed so hard I woke back up, almost barring the door for the cleaning squad. I had this image of tiny roombas … Continue reading

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Rolfing, Session Three

I walk from one foreign language to another, from one fugue state to another, as I move from my Italian class to my Rolfing session, just a few blocks apart. What is that blasted word for “fifteen,” which was right … Continue reading

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Rolfing, Session Two

I hate instruction manuals that number their pages with a dot, like 1.01; 2.27; and I hate outlines that do the same. What’s wrong with consecutive numbering, or the good old-fashioned I, A, 1, a, etc.? And yet I see … Continue reading

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Medical tedium

Medicare insisted on knowing whether I’d retired or not before they’d let me have a dexa scan last week and, if I had, what date. What date indeed? I retired from a marketing career after 20 years, but I was … Continue reading

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Hamstrung

I’m standing in my kitchen, talking with my air conditioning man. His 13 year old daughter and his wife have terrible fights, just as his wife and her own mother did. He tells his daughter it’s up to her: she … Continue reading

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One more pretext for the tea-party House Republicans

Yesterday I learned from NPR that you can only make all the hair on a beach ball lie flat if you’re in a world with more than three dimensions. I was wishing I could crawl inside of the mind of … Continue reading

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