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“Don’t Die”

I’m off to Istanbul. People keep telling me, “Don’t die.” As if I’ll get caught up in the Syrian conflict or the ongoing fight against radical extremism. Or maybe they think I’ll get hit by a truck. Those things might happen, but what’s the alternative? Stay home and be a middle-aged white woman who fears…

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My husband and I can’t seem to agree on beds. We moved to North Carolina in 2008. We had a queen-sized Stearns & Foster mattress that was slowly turning into a taco. Every night, I slept in a saggy pocket of sadness. We eventually had a conversation about the bed in 2010 or 2011. I…

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Work Life Cats

My world is work life cats. I’m not messing around. I wake up between 6:30 and 7:00 AM because my poonchy cat, Emma, is hungry. That’s fine except we “free feed” our cats and she has dry food bowls all around the house. Doesn’t matter. Emma likes to eat “breakfast crunchies” from a particular dish…

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