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Same same, but different

In Thailand, there’s a touristy shirt we’d see at all the cheap market booths. On the front, it says, “Same Same.” On the back, it says, “Different.” Yeah, I don’t really get it either, except for this general meaning—comparing two things can equally be the same and different. Chocolate and vanilla ice cream—the same in (read more…)

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Poem: Book Learning

I‘ve always loved reading. For as long as I can remember, I have turned to books for entertainment and comfort — and also for information and wisdom. So when I was pregnant with my daughter, Lucy (and even more so after she was born), I naturally devoured any book on pregnancy or childcare I could (read more…)

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My love language is food

My husband and I recently met some new friends. We immediately felt a warmth and connection, a desire to know them more. We’ve been doing this friendship thing for almost 23 years now, forming new bonds with other people, together as a couple. “Going there”—exposing ourselves, becoming vulnerable and known. We all want to be (read more…)

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Will the real St. Valentine please stand up?

Valentine’s Day. I know, I know – you either love it or hate it (but you probably hate it). What’s the deal with this holiday, anyway? Flowers, chocolate, conversation hearts…how exactly did February 14 come to stand for all of this craziness? Now that I’m older and my own children are exchanging Valentines with classmates (read more…)

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The more you know, the more you know you don’t know

Today my family and I board an airplane to head for Austin, my beloved hometown. From there, we’re heading out on a road trip to see the east coast and to meet some of you (details here—all are welcome). This six-week road trip (followed by a ten-day west coast tour soon after) is one of (read more…)

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