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Saturday

I saw this comic and was thinking about my own work-life balance and how I would illustrate my days. It would take a lot of ink. The following list of things is from Thursday, which was a normal day, selected only because I wrote everything down after reading the aforementioned comic: 4:00 am- Get up […]

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Friday

Part of writing here is an exercise in toeing the fine line between the personal and the private. By examining my own life, I can understand Life in general; essentially using the micro to see the macro. Writing about my own life is really, really uncomfortable. These short posts are one thing but expanding beyond […]

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Wednesday

Those of us who live in the Floridian diaspora talk about Florida all the time to each other. As in: All. The. Damn. Time. And we do this because we hate our home state as much as we love it. And we really hate it therefore we also really love it. If you are a […]

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Saturday

After work, in the parking lot, there was a newborn baby swaddled and facing backward in a minivan. His older sister is a sixth grader at the school where I teach, though I would not call her my student as I have never taught her. There is something aloof about the sixth graders, something that […]

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Thursday

It is mid-July and the temperatures are not what I associate with mid-July. The cicadas are just starting to crawl up from their underground lair and the evenings are cool enough for a light sweater. It rained today, a decent heavy rain which will revive the plants but not cause landslides. Some people still talk […]

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Tuesday

Bought a new-to-me phone so now I have rejoined social media, at least on the weekends. Tuesday, Tuesday, what can be said of you? Tuesday is the day when the community center is closed, when the bakery is closed. Tuesday is the only day I really wish the community center was open, wish for a […]

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Monday

Another short weekend and another one to come. On Monday morning, all of my kids become deathly ill but we just nod and push them out the door. Of course you hate school, I say, it is boring but your dad and I have work and there’s no food in the house so it is […]

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Friday

This week, I received some terrible news about someone who has a permanent address in my heart. It is game-changing news, the type that makes you reevaluate everything. I learned about the situation in the morning and in the afternoon, I attended the school’s peace assembly. The nephew of Sadako Sasaki, the girl who folded […]

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Tuesday

Behind me, on top of my bookshelf, the enormous beetle we bought for the kids is buzzing in its plastic case. It is not a usual kabuto mushi but a pair of atlas beetles we got on the cheap at the pet store. They are very fond of burying then digging out the log in […]

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Sunday

I started using this app called The Pattern over the weekend at the recommendation of a friend. It is a very minimal but rather addictive medium of self-assessment, all based on the circumstances of birth. And there is this thing that you can do where you create profiles of your people, without having to bother […]

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