Houses and Homes

Perhaps my favorite quote from any book is towards the end of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: He sat down on a grassy bank and looked at the city that surrounded him, and thought, one day he would have to go home. And one day he would have to make a home to go back to.…

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Special Education

You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake, you are the same organic decaying matter as everything else. – Tyler Durden, Fight Club My sense of the rustling encroachment of my mortality has been a little keener over the past couple of weeks. Personally, I’ve been hampered by a torn muscle in my lower back,…

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Help! Help! A Giant Squid!

One of the things that a pale, befreckled person looks forward to during a beach vacation is reading. Reading on the shady deck in the morning, reading on the couch at midday and reading under an umbrella while out on the sand. And the book that I was most looking forward to reading was one…

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Life’s A Beach

Last week, the Beloved and I journeyed back to the Piedmont to head to a family beach vacation on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with her mom (MOMPAT) and my immediate family. We actually started at MOMPAT’s house in Richmond, Virginia and the three of us drove down to OBX. It was a pretty…

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Banks Shot

This year we’re heading to the beach for our vacation. Now this wouldn’t seem like such big deal since when you live in San Diego, you’re never really that far from the beach. Now being a pale redhead, I am certainly not a sun-worshipper by any stretch, but we spend a pretty decent amount of…

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Rock, Chalk, Salt-in-the-Wounds

I almost turned it off. As Kansas was routing a flat-footed and confused North Carolina Tar Heel team in the first half of their NCAA national semifinal game Saturday, I nearly turned it off. Watching the perfect storm of Kansas playing superb and inspired basketball and the Tar Heels playing a sloppy, poor-shooting, and poor-decision-making…

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Heels Top Dog, but Retriever Fever Burns in Our House

So, as a Tar Heel, the perfect basketball season contains the following:a) win the ACC regular seasonb) beat Duke every time you play themc) win the ACC tournamentd) go to the Final Foure) win the National Championship Ellington says first game is right over there in Raleigh This year, the Heels went 1-1 versus Duke, so “all of the above”…

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