Category Archives: What I Did

Robert McNamara and Me

  My first brush with greatness came in the mid-1960s on a Utah ski vacation that overlapped with Robert McNamara and his family.  As a preteen, I was only vaguely aware of the man.  My parents, who still had complete … Continue reading

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Podcast: Robert McNamara and Me

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Mind Trip

Driving makes me drowsy, so I am anxious as I contemplate my solo drive from my writer’s retreat in Montpelier, Vermont to my home north of Chicago.  On most long drives, I wisely stop for refreshing naps.  Once a wavering … Continue reading

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In the System

  I sat in the windowless bowels of O’Hare Airport waiting for my face-to-face Global Entry interview.  Nick had urged me to sign up not because I deserved recognition as a trusted traveler, but solely to bypass TSA and immigration … Continue reading

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Podcast: Worms in Dirt

http://www.fanagrams.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Worms-in-Dirt.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI wanted to honor Darwin and decided that I would try to share his interest in earthworms by setting up a worm farm.  SPOILER ALERT!  It failed. Share: Follow … Continue reading

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Worms in Dirt

Some things are easy to explain, like why I put off a colonoscopy for several years – I think that I am like a lot of Americans.  As a group we have always had an uneasy relationship with effluent – … Continue reading

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As It Was in the Beginning

Our newborn son sat in my lap as I waited at the hospital entrance for my husband to bring the car around to take us home for the first time. I thought about all the surprising professions that required a … Continue reading

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Dear Kid on My Son’s Soccer Team

Dear Kid (number 9 I think) on my son’s soccer team, This apology has been gnawing at me for almost 20 years.  You see it was me, I was the one who slipped a lemon into your half time snack of … Continue reading

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Easing into the Back Nine of Life

Sixty is a magical number, the six and the zero plumply nestled together and then flanked by the stern prime numbers 59 and 61.  And 60 is so accommodating, evenly divisible by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6; the … Continue reading

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Last One Picked

Our seventh grade class was divided into several cliques: the boy crazy girls, the horse crazy girls, the sporty girls, the brainy girls and the blah girls, the default category of those with no mainstream identity. The boy crazy girls were … Continue reading

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