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The Little American

That’s what some people here in France fondly call my son Julien.


But for a long time, I doubted he was very American at all.

Although I’m American, and although he’s visited the US a few times, he was born in a hospital in Paris, the city that’s been his home ever since. And as for me, the…


Added by Alysa Salzberg on October 15, 2016 at 7:12am — 19 Comments

Uncomplicating the Heart

Marriage is tricky.  Love is complicated.  And not complicated.  It’s the uncomplicated kind that I miss the most.  The kind of love that made everything else disappear.  You remember it, or you might be in it now.  I remember falling in love, especially during a cold, Chicago winter.  It was the best thing in the world.  I remember waking up on a freezing February morning, next to that warm skin, under blankets, safe.  It didn’t matter how expensive the blankets were, or where we…


Added by Annmarie Handley on October 14, 2016 at 9:07am — 14 Comments

Old Files: Stirring up memories of a rough period

As I slowly unpack from a move, I find the hardest things to unpack are old files. Too much information in too little packing space, so it takes time to separate what I want to keep from what I don't. In my case, particularly because my previous move was from a larger house to a smaller one, a lot of stuff stayed in boxes the entire time I was in the last house, which was ten years. In some cases I find boxes that…


Added by koshersalaami on October 12, 2016 at 9:00pm — 11 Comments

Dad's 85th Birthday, with Pictures

Last week, I went to New Jersey to see my father for his 85th birthday. it was an emotional journey but one I'm glad I made.

The party was on Saturday. I saw my Dad ensconced in an armchair, looking small and frail, which he certainly is these days, but surrounded by people who love him. What was pretty wonderful about it was over half the people there were not actually related to him by blood. His three stepchildren were there with their spouses. Many of their grown children and…


Added by Rosigami on October 8, 2016 at 10:30am — 43 Comments

Life in Bastrop, Texas - Waitin' Around to Die

I'm keeping a half assed journal about life here in Bastrop, Texas.  This is as good a place as any to start. I've rented a room in an old house built on a one acre lot on what used to be Camp Swift an Army training facility for the 10th Mountain Division and POW Camp for Germans during WWII.…


Added by JMac1949 Today on October 5, 2016 at 3:30pm — 13 Comments

Back to Texas – Part Five, First Week in Bastrop

Life in the Comfort Inn was convenient.  Mama’s Kitchen was located in an Exxon Station a hundred feet from my door - hamburgers, fried chicken, breakfast burritos and breakfast muffins, and in the lobby of the motel were Danish pastries and coffee.  Except for beer runs I could hole up with MSNBC and HBO all week, which is pretty much what I did.  It was Thursday, September 22nd before I found the listing on Craig’s List, a room available in a house a few miles north of Bastrop…


Added by JMac1949 Today on September 30, 2016 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

Back to Texas – Part Four, Bastrop, Weekend in Katy and Back to Bastrop

I hit the road around nine in the morning and found my way my way south through Fort Worth to arrive in Bastrop, Texas about two in the afternoon where I checked into the Super 8 Motel on Highway 71 West.

The air conditioner was broken so after complaining at the front desk, a twenty something Indian girl…


Added by JMac1949 Today on September 28, 2016 at 4:04pm — 16 Comments

Street Smart

My four-year-old daughter, and younger of the two, recently started her official preschool at the child care center.  I was informed by one of the teachers that she would now have homework on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Mondays will be writing practice with the alphabet, two pages of it, and Tuesdays, “math practice,” or writing of numbers, two pages of them.

My husband and I are both from the South Side of Chicago, which is not renowned for its production of great thinkers, but we…


Added by Annmarie Handley on September 23, 2016 at 8:01am — 5 Comments

pitt/jolie divorce, diverse internet wisdom/ piles of links on marriage/ divorce, listicles galore

hi all. brad pitt & angelina jolie marriage RIP. yes, divorce is like the death of a marriage and its one of lifes intense negative moments. its one of those epic blowups/ trainwrecks that seems at moment likely to provide months of dramatic tabloid fodder. coming close on the heels of the depp-heard derailing.

noticed years ago that internet sites carry a lot of writing on "marriage vs divorce" and started a list/ collection, which has grown to near epic proportions at this pt,…


Added by vzn on September 22, 2016 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Back to Texas – Trials and Tribulations Part One

I made the decision to move back to Texas in late July when the plumbing went out at the house in Cerritos.  After a week of screwing around, the Chinese uncles of our housemate Emperor Ming, finally decided to call in a plumber to uncover the leak which was seeping through the slab under my bathroom.  After an hour the plumber identified the leak as originating in the slab under the bathroom and then left in an exasperated huff, “Hell they just cashed in on our coupon.  They didn’t even ask…


Added by JMac1949 Today on September 21, 2016 at 1:32pm — 39 Comments

Glass Half Empty - Glass Half Full

Skeet shooter

Years ago, a fellow I barely knew, who shot skeet at our club, died in his late 40s suddenly, leaving an 11 year old son.  The boy’s uncle became involved in his life and made sure that he got to the club. After a year or two he began to pull trap for the clay target games we played.  I’ll…


Added by Rodney Roe on September 19, 2016 at 12:30am — 14 Comments

Locomotives and hipster culture collide in an old Parisian train depot — and it’s pretty awesome

One of the perks of having an energetic, inquisitive toddler is that it makes you get out more — not to mention head…


Added by Alysa Salzberg on August 26, 2016 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

Monkeys, trains, and more: A two-year-old's video playlist

Julien is almost two and a half years old, and he’s watched his share of videos and TV shows by now.  

It was never our intention to plunk our kid down in front of the TV, computer, or tablet all day.  But I have nothing against TV – in fact, growing up, I think I learned a…


Added by Alysa Salzberg on August 17, 2016 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments


I'm haunted by the thought that I wasn't there enough.
I'm haunted by the thought that I neglected her.
I wonder if I hurt her.
Did she feel alone?
Was she in despair?
Regret for all the missed opportunities.
Haunted by the time that I didn't make for her.

Added by Cecil B on August 9, 2016 at 6:40pm — 6 Comments

Life and Death

Yesterday was my husbands 68th, a reminder to me mine is next month.  For the next month I will get to be his "younger woman".  He will be my "older man".  

Added by Sheila Reep on August 8, 2016 at 7:30am — 8 Comments



Given the social and economic justUS culture I live in, if I have been cursed in life it is that my sense of purpose and meaning in my life, my soul, is so dependent on and directed toward the extent to which my waking moments, my thoughts, my actions are to me cognitively contributive to the well-being of others in a…


Added by moki ikom on August 2, 2016 at 9:18am — 4 Comments

"FREE SPEECH" - Melania's Sexy but Sticky Fingers!

Really great first night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland - but four score & seven years…


Added by marilyn sands on July 19, 2016 at 11:00am — 16 Comments

What an injury has taught me about myself

Which will I choose: A back brace, or a broom?

I’ve always had a strong sense of self.  But like many women, when I became a mom, I lost a lot of it.

It’s not because I give my son unconditional love and as much of my attention as I can (and as seems…


Added by Alysa Salzberg on July 13, 2016 at 6:25am — 16 Comments

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