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Of moose and man

An early test of our vows to stick by each other arrived in Canada’s wilds.

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Ballistics: What goes up must come down

Is there something about “ballistic” that makes a missile even more dangerous?

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Why every writer needs a tree

Mine is just outside my window. Without it, I’d be forced to stare into a blank computer screen instead.

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The ‘this’ in ‘I can do this’ keeps evolving

Parenthood is constantly revising what I think I’m capable of. 

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How I became a reader of books

My parents encouraged me in ways I didn’t realize until much later.

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Charlottesville, through a graduate's eyes

A former University of Virginia student reflects on the complicated racial history of her alma mater.

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Unexpectedly cleansed

I was pointed feet-first toward the doorless doorway on a marble slab, completely naked.

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A garden that only a human could love

Out West, hungry critters abound, and our plants are their would-be banquets.

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Why I’m totally into totality

Later this month, the path of a total solar eclipse will pass from Oregon to South Carolina.

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What I saw, and what she knows

Until you’ve actually taken pictures in a place, you don’t know how people will respond.

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Why he’s ‘Ben,’ not ‘Odysseus’

In naming draft animals, brevity can circumvent catastrophe. 

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The press of gratitude

I’ve loved ironing ever since childhood. Now I understand why.

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We waited, and it was worth it

Today we can get almost anything, anytime. So why do we need it faster? 

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The bazaar of last resort

Someone out there will buy almost anything on Ebay. And for me that’s good news.

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My debt to ‘Sea Hunt,’ and to my dad

Lloyd Bridges starred as a scuba diver, submerging us in life under the sea.

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Breakfasts that nourished my dreams

My father and I would talk about the world, the theater, New York.

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Then it struck me, and not very gently

What kind of parent builds a nest on the ground – and then takes on all comers?

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Return of the natives

A gardener finds that some plants are more at home than others.

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How Mrs. Peters came into my life just in time

I was discouraged, struggling. She gave me inspiration and skills.

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How we coaxed a smile from Solly

Our guard was as dedicated as he was thin and serious.

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