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What Might Have Been
Every year or two, we like to come back to San Francisco, walk our old streets, visit our old haunts, and dwell on that eternally unproductive question of, "What would our life be like if we'd stayed here?" For the last week we've been on one such Road Not ...
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I've Missed You
I have a notebook I bought on 24th Street, back when I lived in San Francisco. My first entry was dated some time in 1995, right before Clare and I moved in together, after I'd left my travel writing job and was struggling to find my way in high-tech. The e...
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A Magical Chowder
You realize you've reached another stage in life when a new dryer vent makes you really excited. Not quite as excited as, say, a new car, but pretty much right up there with the nicest of new kitchen appliances. I am that person who always envisions the wor...
You realize you've reached another stage in life when a new dryer vent makes you really excited. Not quite as excited as, say, a new car, but pretty much right up there with the nicest of new kitchen appliances. I am that person who always envisions the worst-case scenario.
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Hacking other people's recipes
Yesterday just had that vibe, you know? That overwhelming combination of fatigue and distraction, an inability to concentrate that makes you useless for much more than making lists and doing stupid data entry. So I took myself out for lunch. At the next tab...
Yesterday just had that vibe, you know? That overwhelming combination of fatigue and distraction, an inability to concentrate that makes you useless for much more than making lists and doing stupid data entry. So I took myself out for lunch. At the next table, a woman stopped chewing just long ...
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Back on the Ground
Wow. When we last left off, it was early October and I was on the cusp of hitting the road for my first-ever capital B, capital T Book Tour. All that optimism. All those nerves. What a poignant place it turned out to be. I don't really know how to bridge th...
Wow. When we last left off, it was early October and I was on the cusp of hitting the road for my first-ever capital B, capital T Book Tour. All that optimism. All those nerves. What a poignant place it turned out to be. I don't really know how to bridge the gap between then and now.
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Tour Time
I'm off! First stop, Seattle. Then San Francisco, then Portland, then Pasadena, then Denver, then Minneapolis, then Chicago, then Nashville, then Rhinebeck, then Portland, Maine, then Toronto, and then I'm going to hide under the bed for A WHOLE YEAR until ...
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Plodding, Obdurate Effort
I'm in the middle of Sally Mann's unexpectedly good autobiography, Hold Still . I say "unexpectedly" because, while I knew she was a stunningly gifted photographer, I had no idea she was also such a gifted writer. Her story itself is gripping. But I'm also ...
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Seventeen Years
Seventeen years ago this week, we crossed the bridge into Maine and began our new life. That number seems surreal to me, both a blink of an eye and multiple lifetimes. I remember, in my 20s, zoning out when someone began a sentence with "17 years ago." That...
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Utterly delicious maple nut granola
During my brief but illustrious career as a baker, I was tasked with building the breakfast menu. Someone else provided the toast, bagels, sweet rolls, and croissants, but everything else was up for grabs. After weeks of churning through all sorts of biscui...
During my brief but illustrious career as a baker, I was tasked with building the breakfast menu. Someone else provided the toast, bagels, sweet rolls, and croissants, but everything else was up for grabs. After weeks of churning through all sorts of biscuits and muffins and scones, ...
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Tour Time
I'm off! First stop, Seattle. Then San Francisco, then Portland, then Pasadena, then Denver, then Minneapolis, then Chicago, then Nashville, then Rhinebeck, then Portland, Maine, then Toronto, and then I'm going to hide under the bed for A WHOLE YEAR until ...
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Writer by trade, I spend my days writing books, my nights playing with butter.
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Plays with yarn and writes about it.
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I write about knitting and am awfully fond of butter.
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Wrote four books without running out of adjectives.
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