Reading Out Loud

I consider reading a solitary endeavor. I like to hold my book in my hands, a warm mug nearby and lamplight shining across the page, and sink into the story. I get easily frustrated with people who interrupt me in the middle of a good book — even accidentally — and if someone demands my attention, it’s…
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Melt, Reveal, Build

I hate spring. It’s a brown, half-melted time of year, when the ice holding things in place is just beginning to thaw, dripping, dripping into soaked soil, rotting wood, as houses and people bound together by the cold start to sag apart. To separate, like curdled milk. I don’t like spring largely because spring makes…
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Blueberry RFD

Lately there’s been an unexpected influx of time in my life. My work is grouping together, concentrating into smaller and smaller blocks, leaving gaps between work sprints rather than one long daily grind. It feels weird, mostly. Like something’s creeping up behind me, and I know it’s there but I keep forgetting about it. Surely…
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5 Tips For The Last-Minute Christmas Shopper

It’s the week before Christmas — time to realize you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping! Sure, there are 12 smug people who’ve had all their gifts in a closet since June, but the rest of us are scrambling. I know I’m one of the worst, but I’m certainly not the only person who spends a…
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The Chipmunk Lifestyle

Wednesday was a long day, all tension and tight corners. I walked against the wind wearing a thin coat, teeth chattering and knees knocking as the temperature dropped. I slammed into the wall of others’ inefficiency, jaw absently clenching as simple jobs stretched into grueling ordeals. I ran errands and painstakingly clicked off items on…
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