Monthly Archives: April 2011

On The Occasion of The First Day of Your Son’s 20th Year


For the first time in two decades, you won’t be with your son today on his birthday.  He is the caboose–the baby.  You wrapped and shipped some presents off to his dorm earlier in the week, and mailed some cards. … Continue reading

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Spring Break 1974: Confessions of a Beach Chaperone


You called your friend, Jane, this morning. “How’s spring break going?”  She and her husband are chaperoning their Senior son and his buddies; they are staying in separate condos at a relaxing family beach near Pawleys Island, South Carolina. “Fine–they … Continue reading

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Anybody know a good painter?


You agree with Flannery O’Connor: a good man is hard to find.  Alas, a good house painter is nearly impossible to find.  In the early stages of the partnership, you feel so hopeful, as if you are carefully forging a … Continue reading

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Is your latest morceau a dig at my jeans? (the short history of denim, as you know it)


Ellie, a muse of yours, emailed the above question because she thought you were making fun of her ‘Mom jeans’ in your post, “No Country for Old Hens.’  This led you to recall all the different types of denim that … Continue reading

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