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AT HOME before it was a thing…

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This essay was originally published on Medium.com. For many women of my generation, kitchens are command central, the headquarters from which the multi-tasking happens. And as much as we love the warmth and nurturing sentiment the kitchen represents, let’s be honest: the work required…By jbadmin|
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Literary Community: The Silver Lining of the COVID Era

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I finally had a hair appointment and while the grey is back under control and the cut is cute and bouncy, the best thing about the appointment was somewhat unexpected. The act of reclining back toward the sink to have my hair shampooed brought on a state of near ecstasy I hadn’t…By jbadmin|
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Graced by the Hummingbird: Sylvia Plath’s Legacy

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This essay originally appeared on Medium.com. I propped my head on pillows this morning, listening to the sound of the rain on the roof. Still early, I picked up The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and finished it in one last gulp. It’s a classic I rued not already having read, if not…By jbadmin|
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“Are you in a pantry?” My Office during COVID Quarantine

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This essay on my quarantine office was originally published on Medium.com.  Because when we built the house, the room behind the kitchen represented the structure’s fulcrum, Because I became enamored with the bright layout in a design magazine (or maybe it was Pinterest or Housz)…By jbadmin|
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Reopening (Our Hearts) After COVID

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This post was originally published on Medium.com. My children are my best teachers. Having been in quarantine, in isolation, and cohabitating with them now for what is going on four months, I truly appreciate their perspective and ability to suspend judgment over what…By jbadmin|
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The Life-Changing Art of Letting Go: A Midlife Reckoning with my Stuff

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This essay was originally published on Zibby Owens' We Found Time.I once took a class in the art of memoir where the assignment was to write about an object and its meaning. I bristled at the prompt. Objects are only objects, I told myself, and imbuing them with meaning was materialistic…By jbadmin|
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