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Essays, Kidspace, Poetry, Articles on Christian Science



 



Why I’m still drawn by trains

They’re a lullaby, a punctuation, a (mostly) relaxed way to travel.

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Our barn and Beethoven

Designed to hold livestock, it has now done everything but. 

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My cultural collisions with Botswana

The encounters were cosmic, comic, compassionate, and life-changing.

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I traveled on trust and couches

Who’d let a stranger stay with them? A lot of people, it turned out.

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My island reckoning

The biggest challenge, for me, was to preserve my self-esteem.

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The indoor wilds at outdoor parks

I got used to sharing space with critters – up to a point. 

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Memorable fish I’ve been given

It’s best to learn to catch them, but I’m glad to be handed one, too. 

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The Maine attraction

My first memory of the place is framed above the prow of a canoe.

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Spinach helps me feel accepted

In Paris, it was learning how baguettes should be eaten; here, it’s liking ‘leaves.’

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Summer announces itself with a ‘crack!’

For me, the most enjoyable screen door is a wooden one.

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Finding a place the 19th-century way

I grew up navigating based on familiar landmarks.

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I prefer old-fashioned nostalgia

What happened to my old color photos? And why would I want an app to do that to my new ones?

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‘Brexit’ and the language of departure

A coinage with roots in the theater is in the limelight as Britons consider departing the European stage.

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An African desert teems with life

Just one day into the Namib Desert, we discovered we’d been observed, as well as observing. 

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Set free on a bicycle

You never forget how to ride a bike – or how riding one makes you feel.

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A toddler’s lesson in linguistics

She is insistent. I am bewildered.

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City dog, country dog

The farm has acres of running room, but the city is redolent.

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The novel tale of a paperback

Besides telling a story set in 1850s Britain and India, it’s a mystery about who read it. 

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Driver’s – and passenger’s – ed

English was not my student’s first language. And when stressed... 

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We await the new tenants

We’ve had chickadees in our birdhouse for years. Now there’s something new.

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