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Mary Duan
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Smell Me. No. Smell me!
Despite my claims that I'm a yoga-doing, weight-lifting lady of leisure, reality is that while I no longer work 60-70 hours a week, I still work some. I'm writing pieces for an editorial department of a school of a large, prestigious university just up the ...

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Primordial Funk
Maybe I've just been in denial since Nov. 8. Maybe I've just been busy since Nov. 8. I spent an amazing month with my husband in New York, absorbing everything the city has to offer in terms of food, culture, parks and friends. But now that things have slow...

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Haus Maus
Life is divided before and after. Before the lottery, and after the lottery. Before the lottery, there was no way in hell we were every going to be able to finish this house, unless we did one tiny project at a time, badly and on a shoestring budget. (To re...

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New York State of Mind
When you grow up in Chicago, you don't go to New York. It's a competitive thing, the second city mentality. New York might be bigger and all, but we have plenty of stuff to do and see and our pizza is better and so are our hot dogs. There's no need to go to...

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A Quiet Nervous Breakdown
I can't sleep. I have to be up in six hours to go finish off this week's paper, then help finish a special section (i.e., advertorial) and get next week's issue moving. But I can't sleep and so I've decided to stay awake and have a tiny nervous breakdown. I...

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The List
5 Things About 2015 So Far 5. Spent Friday night of my birthday with our friend the prison psychologist and his partner, hitting bars and then eating diner food. I like to remind our friend that he's not a real doctor since he can't write prescriptions. He,...

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2015 Theme
That time of the year. Time to pick a new theme for the following year. Past themes have included "The Year of Hellacious Efficiency," "The Year of Grooming," and "The Year of Extreme Self Care." It never, ever works out well. This year's theme, in keeping ...

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Camp Life
1. Sent Sam to programming camp this year for what's likely going to be his final time. He'll be 17 next year and he's going to need to get a job next summer. Last time to be a kid. There were no spaces left at Berkeley (his camp of choice) by the time we d...

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Morning Commute
Driving down Highway 1 on Thursday morning, dropping the older off in Monterey. Conversation as follows. Me, looking at the ocean: You ever feel like going and taking a walk in nature? Him, shaking his head slowly back and forth: Noooooo. Me: Me either. Wha...
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