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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 06:52:21 +0000

Over the past two days I’ve had three different conversations about my life in Scotland. By the time I got in my car to drive home, I was deeply homesick for it, mostly the friends and coworkers I miss, but also mundane bits like Christmas Eve in Waitrose, random herds of curious horses, learning how to ride…

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Bloom off the rose.toughcygnoir

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 06:04:44 +0000

I don’t mean to eavesdrop on the breakup. My earbuds are in but I’ve woken up with a start, and the podcast that I was listening to has ended. I don’t have noise-canceling earbuds, so if there isn’t anything playing I can hear everything going on around me. She’s telling him a version of “it’s…

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Encyclopedia Brown and Mister Rogers.travelersnotebookscygnoir

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 07:13:52 +0000

About that writing offline I mentioned yesterday … I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t obsessed with notebooks. The first notebook I remember loving so hard that I wore it down to a floppy nub was spiral-bound with an orange cover. In my notebook I wrote down a lot of facts that I thought Encyclopedia…

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Postponing nothing.selfleafiecygnoir

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 06:03:20 +0000

Sometimes when I stroll through the circulation workroom of my library, a book cover catches my eye but because my to-read pile is already unreasonably large, I will merely nod respectfully to it and keep walking. Yeah, right. Recently my attention was snagged by “The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art…

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Not mine anymore.not_mine_anymorecygnoir

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:59:26 +0000

Face-down on the operating table, I’m not yet numb. This part had escaped my meticulous mental preparation — not so meticulous after all — and when I realize that the numbing portion of the day’s festivities will involve injections of lidocaine, the familiar effervescence of panic travels across the backs of my arms and into…

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Where were you?zen_heatercygnoir

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 07:59:13 +0000

I hear a piercing cry from somewhere in the house. It’s a small house, but sound carries and bounces and hides. I do a full circuit, glancing in all of the usual places, and get halfway around again before I hear another cry, this time from upstairs. “Zen? Zen?” She can’t have gone far; she’s…

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Race Report: 2017 Beat the Blerch 10Kcygnoir587F0426-F791-4085-8583-ABB75B610234EA1AE67F-C81B-43AD-90A0-05702826AFB7 (1)IMG_7918IMG_7920IMG_7913

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:46:51 +0000

Been a while. Let’s see if I remember how to do this! Yesterday, I participated in my first race in almost two years. The race is part of a series called Beat the Blerch based on a comic by The Oatmeal, a/k/a Matthew Inman. Even if you don’t enjoy running, the comic is really funny and you…

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Eclipse fever.cygnoirOregon eclipse love.

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 01:54:52 +0000

I’m so excited about the total solar eclipse on August 21st. I don’t know why I am so excited, but it might have something to do with the fact that the eclipse is happening, no matter who says what in a press briefing or in a tweet or in a Bullet Journal. It is science…

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Fragility in fur.cygnoirZen, August 2017.

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 18:07:19 +0000

Born and forged in hothouse Alabama, Zen is a creature of heat. Throughout this week’s heat wave, she has sought out the warmest parts of our home. Like the corner of the eaves which — despite sounding like a place of great magical power in a children’s book series — is an infernal pocket of…

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In the corner of the bookstore.cygnoir

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 06:54:08 +0000

I love going to Powell’s, especially for the moment when I’ve found a few books and I curl up in a corner somewhere to pore over my choices, to turn them over in my hands and see how they feel as orbiting objects in my small universe. This time it was a well-loved used copy…

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