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July Favorites

It’s like living in a light bulb, with the leavesLike filaments and the sky a shell of thin, transparent glassEnclosing the late heaven of a summer day, a canopyOf incandescent blue above the dappled sunlight golden on the grass. -John Koethe “Sally’s Hair” Reading: Ta-Nehisi Coates’s powerful, moving, exquisite new book, Between the World and …

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Inka at the beach. Photo by Dan Busha.

May and June Favorites

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” –Maud Hart Lovelace Betsy-Tacy and Tib Watching: The riveting BBC screen adaptation of HIlary Mantel’s Wolf Hall that recently aired on PBS. It’s a brooding, visually dark, and sumptuously rendered piece of historical political intrigue with an all-star cast …

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April Favorites

April Favorites

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” ― George Orwell, 1984   Reading: Tom Kizzia’s “Moving to Mars”, a fascinating piece on NASA’s ongoing isolation studies in attempt to prepare for the psychosocial challenges of long term isolation that would be part of any mission to Mars. I’ve always …

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Lake Michigan from Foster Beach in Chicago, March 2015 From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net

March Favorites

I wanted to get as far as my proto-dream-house, my crypto-dream-house, that crooked box set up on pilings, shingled green, a sort of artichoke of a house, but greener (boiled with bicarbonate of soda?), protected from spring tides by a palisade of–are they railroad ties? (Many things about this place are dubious.) I’d like to …

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