Category Archives: memories

Introverts in a gregarious world

Now that the holiday season is winding down, I thought I’d take on a more academic topic, especially before the library book on this subject is overdue. Have you noticed lately that the extrovert represents for many the model for … Continue reading

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Devil in your details?

When I was very young, I remember my mother taking me for a walk near a railroad trestle, and seeing a crowd formed around emergency responders who were trying to rescue a child whose head was stuck in the trestle. … Continue reading

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No more back-to-school blues

Everyone else’s year may start in January and end in December, but mine begins in September and ends in August.  I still run on the school calendar, which is why I am now reflecting on the past year and planning … Continue reading

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Quilts: links to art and family

You can see the shapes of Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian and the colors of Franz Marc in the Bellevue Arts Museum’s African American Quilt Show, “Bold Expressions.” The quilts on the museum walls are predominately from the American South … Continue reading

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Music can heal, but not the instruments

Apparently, listening to and playing music does wonders for our memories and our mental health.  So says “lifehacker,” whose blog I landed on, but have no recollection how.  Obviously I need to listen to music more often if I’m to … Continue reading

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Don’t lose face and don’t take off your clothes in church

“Never lose face,” was the motto a friend and I adopted years ago.  The pressure to live by such a stuffy guiding principle came after we presented a workshop on an icy winter night in a forest retreat center housed … Continue reading

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Your reality or mine?

Have you ever asked yourself questions like this?  How much time do I have… to get a tan, lose 10 pounds, find a partner, get pregnant, land a job, complete my novel, make a significant contribution to my community, be … Continue reading

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Tell the story of your life

Put it in writing!  I’m not talking about the all-too-common prescription for covering your backside in the office, I mean the story of your life.  Since last fall I have been writing vignettes of my life as a media spokeswoman, … Continue reading

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Peter Pan story ends, life in the U.S. begins

Today I am posting the last two parts of a six-part video interview with my friend Maria, who talks about her family’s experiences before and after fleeing Cuba during the revolution of the late nineteen fifties and early nineteen sixties. … Continue reading

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Peter Pan Airlift separates families

An article in today’s Seattle Times describes Cuba’s celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, in which U.S. political leaders trained Cuban exiles with the goal of ousting revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. The U.S. government … Continue reading

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