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A View of a Room

Back in 2010, I had my garage fully converted into a library. It’s something I’d hoped to do for years, and I finally had the means to do it, so I did. I’d always wanted a single room where I … Continue reading

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Getting Out of Your Own Way

I lost an old friend to lung cancer late last year…never smoked a day in his life, but it hit him hard and fast. That said, he survived several years longer than his doctors expected, and died in his sleep, … Continue reading

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise

So here it is, the last of my thoughts on some of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s major works, and right in time for summer. It was a true pleasure to re-read these again and write a bit about them, and thank … Continue reading

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Coming Home

For various reasons I’ve been visiting Maryland a fair amount over the last few months, and this summer I plan on spending a lot more time there, too – starting with another trip in just two weeks. Especially lately, the … Continue reading

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When the Sun Shines Brighter

Overall, the last few weeks have gone well — busy, and filled with the typical “end of school year” work, but still very positive. I’m on much firmer ground again in both my personal sense of self and my attitude … Continue reading

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned

Fitzgerald’s second novel, published in 1922 at the height of his popularity, is a tough read – not because the book isn’t well-written, or illuminating, or because its messages aren’t true. It’s because the main characters are so unlikable, and … Continue reading

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The Ritual

A beat-up old picnic table has been sitting on my back patio now for almost a decade, and yesterday I repainted it. It’s something I do every three years. It used to belong to my grandparents. Some of my earliest … Continue reading

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