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“I don’t need anything except this…and that’s the only thing I need, is this”

In order to arrive in Mexico unencumbered and unbearably light we sold, stored and defenestrated* the majority of our material possessions. (Our spiritual possessions we thought might come in handy) While living in the Suites del Sol, browsing the Sunday markets we aquired Cervantes, you may recall – we plan to go nowhere without his [...]

9Feb2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Dropped Out.

Jillian: How will it end, I wonder? In order to address this unanswerable question with poetry and symmetry, I look back to the beginning. Rereading the early entries, from the planning stages to our first enthralled weeks in Mexico, through all the trials up to this present moment; as I listen to the waves, I [...]

4May2009 | | 20 comments | Continued
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Enamigos

America loves a monolithic enemy. What united a disparate and fledgling colony better than big bad daddy Britain? When were we more American than when we were facing off against Russia? Since the Cold War ended (it’s been sooo boring, right?) the focus on The Middle East and Islam has been a fairly successful stand-in. [...]

16Mar2009 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Reason #2,142 the Internet is Stupid: The Perceived Value of Domain Names

I still can’t quite understand why there is still such a thing as a “domain aftermarket,” because in case no one noticed, domain names don’t really have any value. With the exception of a good one-word domain name, such as shop.com for a shopping site, feed.com for a news aggregator or farm supply store, buzz.com [...]

23Jan2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Conflicts and Resolutions

Every writing student knows that all the greats wrote every day, no matter how ill, hungover, or uninspired. Being bedridden helps, as does being stranded on a long sea voyage. Of course we all require a room of one’s own. Though some prefer the preciousness of writing private thoughts in the public space of coffee [...]

23Jan2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Sea Change: Our Big Night Out at Elio Al Mare

It is possible for one meal to change everything. Yesterday I didn’t believe that a mythical Italian restaurant could possibly exist in Progreso. I didn’t believe in much of anything. Today I am a serious devotee of Elio Al Mare and plan to tell everyone I know to seek it out and experience the best [...]

22Jan2009 | | 6 comments | Continued
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Becoming 30 on the Mayan Riviera

It was actually twenty minutes past my birthday when the big surprise walked through the door. We arrived on a late bus to Cancun and then took a cab the 40 minutes to Playa. I was wrecked and cranky, having suffered many birthday injustices, including a terrible dye job that had rendered me a tabby [...]

10Nov2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Snark Takes a Holiday

How can you feel anything but inspired, hopeful, proud and glorious today? Congratulations, Mr. President-Elect and congratufuckinlations Democracy and to our renewed commitment to a reasonable, intelligent and a progressive America. This is a very great day indeed.

5Nov2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Upper Body Strength and a Trip to Asia

I know everyone has been sweating what to get me for my birthday on Thursday so I thought rather than the usual games we play I would come right out and tell you what I need/want right now. So much simpler. Ever since the 6th grade when Coach Down-on-His-Luck /Up -in-Your-Grill called me a girl [...]

3Nov2008 | | 5 comments | Continued
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A Connecticut Haunting or You Can’t Ghost Home Again*

I wonder if every theater in America has a ghost in the wings? This specter is an actor who was killed in a horrific stage accident. Or was it murder? In Clinton the suited man haunts stage left and is good luck for any production who feels his presence. The Andrews Memorial Town Hall is [...]

31Oct2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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From the Acropolis to Zeke the Greek’s Midnight Buffet*

Too much to drink yesterday calls for omelets today. My delicate condition reminds me of diners, another great American institution inexorably linked to immigrants, teenagers, the open road and late night cheese and gravy-covered fries. My first experiences at diners were with my grandparents, great fans of split pea soup and other culinary mysteries. They [...]

27Oct2008 | | 4 comments | Continued
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If You Watch Just One Video This Election Season, Make it This One.

23Oct2008 | | 8 comments | Continued