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Childish Enthusiasm and Community

Put yourself into life and never lose your openness, your childish enthusiasm throughout the journey that is life, and things will come your way. -F. Fellini

I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship and about location.

New cities are filled with hope and opportunity. There’s no day-to-day tedium, no awkward encounters, no accountability. A new city is an excitingly blank slate upon which you can heap all of your dreams for the person you’d like to be.  Continue reading Childish Enthusiasm and Community

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Enjoy Your Life

She seems to exist in only two possible situations: on the back of a Harley, gray hair poking out of her motorcycle helmut, or standing on the sidewalk, somewhere between confused and straining to recall where she was going when she walked out the door.

She must be 80, at least. Her white hair is bobbed and frames her tan, wrinkled face, which is speckled with age spots and the corporal paraphernalia of a lifelong smoker. She likely has dementia, but I’m no doctor. She waves every time I walk past, with the innocence that only the really young or the really old have the capacity to possess.  Continue reading Enjoy Your Life

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Book Worm: In Search of Lost Time

My trusty copy of In Search of Lost Time

I thought it might never happen. In fact, I had given up many times in the past. But finally, after 10 years, I finished In Search of Lost Time: The Way by Swann’s.

Recently, I went to Chicago and was so desperately looking forward to the plane ride because I knew I would be able to use that time to finish up the last 100 pages of this book. Indeed, I did. Continue reading Book Worm: In Search of Lost Time