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One Year to Move

The chronicles of one woman's dream of moving to New York City.

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Mona Lisas and Mad HattersmichigantonewyorkFall in Indiana photo by MAGimageimageimage

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 11:49:23 +0000

Two weeks ago, J. and I went down to Indiana to help my 81-year-old aunt (who is in better shape than most people half her age) get her lawn/garden ready for winter. We arrived on Saturday and spent the weekend raking, mowing, eating great food, drinking wine, and solving the world’s problems (as we usually […]

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Let it All GomichigantonewyorkStreet Knowledge photo by Lisa Kolanowski

Sun, 13 Sep 2015 16:58:07 +0000

  I didn’t know David Foster Wallace. Aside from his insightful commencement speech, This is Water, I didn’t know much about his career, his writing, or his lifelong struggle with depression. Yet, on the seventh anniversary of his death, I found myself mourning him in a way that seemed inexplicably personal given the fact that […]

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Dream AgainmichigantonewyorkGuts Over Fear - Photo by Lisa Kolanowski

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:25:16 +0000

A few days ago, my mother confirmed my status as a life-long optimist when she told me that, as a toddler, my standard response to the question “How are you, Mary Alice?” was always an enthusiastic, “I’m too too happy!” For those who know me, this probably does not come as any big surprise.  I […]

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Break FreemichigantonewyorkReflection/Perception - Photo by Lisa Kolanowski

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:43:27 +0000

I had to laugh a little when, this past week, my friend Rachel and I were discussing an exchange I’d had with a guy in St. Louis who was angry with the protestors in Ferguson, Missouri, and how I’d approached the situation from the standpoint of asking questions and listening to the response rather than […]

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Sword in the StonemichigantonewyorkcoverDave, Paul, and Tyler in PhiladelphiaScreen Shot 2014-06-24 at 9.35.59 AM

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:32:33 +0000

“Be the change” has been my mantra for years.  In fact, when I was teaching in Michigan, I said it so often that students would sometimes attribute the quote to me (as an English instructor I used it as a “teachable moment” to discourage plagiarism by properly attributing it to its rightful owner – Gandhi). […]

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Vivid in the Valleymichigantonewyorksilvery-ghosts-social

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:09:01 +0000

On this blog (and most everywhere else), I talk about dreaming big and having faith in those dreams.  I believe in this, and I try my best to walk the talk, but sometimes my faith wavers and the dream feels like it’s too far out of reach as unexpected detours take me miles away from […]

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There is a Light that Never Goes OutmichigantonewyorkChicago Winter. Photo by MAG

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:08:06 +0000

The first time I’d seen him, he was bundled in a camel overcoat, fast asleep. I thought I was extremely lucky when I hopped on the almost empty El car at the Chicago stop and grabbed a seat during rush hour, but once the doors closed, I quickly realized why the car was deserted.  The […]

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PompeiimichigantonewyorkChicago Night. Photo by MAG

Sat, 22 Mar 2014 01:03:42 +0000

I can’t stop thinking about L’Wren Scott. I didn’t exactly run in her social circle. I never met her, wore her fashion designs or even followed her career, other than to take note of her name in fashion magazines.  I didn’t even know that she was Mick Jagger’s partner. What haunts me is that at […]

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Go Your Own WaymichigantonewyorkChicago living 2013 - photo by MAG

Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:15:09 +0000

  The older I get, the less I see the world in absolutes. What I’ve come to realize over the past few years is that everything comes down to perception. My whole life I’ve struggled with trying to do the “right thing” – to be moral, upstanding, understanding, kind, and sympathetic to all different views […]

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Girl on FiremichigantonewyorkChicago Arrival April 2013 - photo by MAG

Wed, 07 Aug 2013 22:29:07 +0000

I love walking through fire. My entire life has been about pushing myself toward the heat. I’m not one to cautiously put my hand out and gauge the temperature, instead, I’m the one who throws my shoes in the corner believing that I can walk on burning coals. There have been a thousand times that […]

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