Tag: Favorite Things

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As we go through life, there are some items that travel with us, and we can’t imagine living without them. Our history is molded into them. They’ve seen our struggles and our joys. In some cases, they’ve been stepped on, dumped on, misplaced, borrowed, or worn out. For me, my tattered black shawl is that precious item that I can’t imagine being without.

I first bought this shawl 20 years ago when I was in Pokhara, Nepal, a dusty town with barely paved streets and tiny shops. I’d made up my mind that I needed a black shawl, so I was on a quest to buy one. Most garments that I saw were colorful and bright. But I needed black. I finally found this shawl. It was surprisingly well-made; now that I think about it, I don’t know for sure if it was made in Nepal or China. But it was soft and warm and I packed it up with my other Pokhara purchases.

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I have always had a bit of a soft spot for the music of Claude Debussy. There is a certain, evocative quality to his music that tends to draw me in, no matter the composition. Debussy’s music is also very strongly associated with France for me, and the memories of the semester I spent there. […]

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Lobster bisque simmering, and Duck in the roaster, Beef stock on the hob, and fresh bread in the toaster, More

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Do you like the dark? Is it pleasantly spooky? Do you find all sorts of activities – swimming, hiking, skiing – more adventurous by night? (Cross-country skiing is wayyyy more affordable than downhill, but less thrilling – a nighttime cross-country jaunt reintroduces some of the thrill, if only because you can’t see so well where […]

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I grew up loving books, loving reading. So it’s natural to start off with a picture of the books I’ve got scattered around. I’ve got around 500 or so, and it used to be more. I thought about stitching together a collage of all my bookcases/books, but that would be a lot more work than […]

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At some point in 2009, I decided to take up running. The decision might have been a natural (and healthy) reaction to the beginning of my midlife crisis. It might have been that I simply had too much time on my hands. It might have been the realization that I was approaching the age at […]

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Okay. Here we have my dad’s childhood teddy bear, which also became mine. He brought this over with him on the boat from Germany in ’53. It’s an odd bear by current standards–way too anthropomorphic. Really it’s a man-bear. The eyes I don’t think are original–I think they were put on by my mom when […]

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I have been avoiding Group Writing like the plague. I hate to write. And I’m not very good at it. So along comes a category I know something about – ME! To qualify as a favorite thing I have to get that happy wriggling inside feeling when think of it or see it. My Favorite […]

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I got the title from several years of listening to Mrs. D.’s Kindergarteners do their show and tell routine at the end of the day when I sub for them. Only the class “president” for the day gets to show the item, and students must first try to guess what it is based on the initial […]

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My favorite things have stood the test of time. They would have been included on this list at any point during my adult life. There are other near-favorites that might have been mentioned at different times, but have receded a bit due mainly to a lack of new material. In this category I include things […]

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Thing 1: The Sansa Clip+ Picture a young Grosseteste on a school bus on a Saturday going to an away speech meet. I lettered in Speech, Debate, Knowledge Bowl, and Marching Band: you could tell by the patches on my jacket. I was the guy with the loud boombox and a duffel bag full of […]

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This month’s topic is a rough one, and maybe that’s part of why not so many people have signed up for the early days of December. Well, someone has to go first, so I stepped forward. It’s because going forward is one of my favorite things. I was born in a city with unusual bridges. […]

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The topic as stated is My Favorite Things, intended to get people to (re?)introduce themselves to the community by talking about objects that are significant to them in some way. Please sign up if this sounds at all interesting, by the way. More

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