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Come Apart and Rest A While

Some of the wisest words ever spoken, “Come apart and rest a while” (Mark 6:31). As my son assists me on a brief business trip to Europe and the Middle East, he is learning about 20-hour-plus days. Not so smart on my part, but that’s the time we have to squish in a million things…

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Packing Panic

I will be leaving the country in less than a week and I’m having trouble focusing on a suitable wardrobe. In the past, I always just pulled out the same things. If you get creative and have the gift of interpretation, you can see me basically in the same outfits year after year. Black suit,…

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Women’s Hair in Executive Gigs

Not that I’m schizo or anything, but archaeology is not my only gig. Most days, I’m in the executive realm, wondering what to do with my hair. Even when traveling hair items (hairdryer, flat iron, hot rollers) consume a disproportionate amount of my handcarry luggage. You see, I have Afro hair— wavy, frizzy, out-of-control, and…

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Why I Am Unnatural… In Archaeology

It’s surprising, it’s shocking, it’s semi-out-of-character, but you know I have become more and more involved in archaeology at home and abroad. I worked in the field decades ago, not as an uber-professional. But with advanced degrees, at first on a lark, later taking it more seriously, it’s now part of my life. And nobody…

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The Eastern Shore

Passing through the Eastern Shore environs on a cool / cloudy / rainy day. There’s nothing like being off-season, or just-before-season anywhere. Alright, so some cafes or shops or amusements may be closed, but much of the time I’m a woman on a mission, just zipping through on my way elsewhere…. Spotted this “Love” sign…

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Spur-of-the-Moment Whim: Bangs

You know you’re getting older when you’ve lost your mind. Maybe you forget things, misplace things, lose your train of thought. I might be there in more ways than one. All that to say, I’ve recently had a birthday and so today I hovered between an old lady haircut… and bangs. Are you catching this…

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Transgender Issues to Cause Homeschool Boom?

I received a text today from a friend concerned about local high schools going transgender in their restrooms and locker rooms. If this legislation is aimed at engendering greater understanding, it’s doing exactly the opposite, this mom reports. Apparently, a huge number of parents are considering homeschooling. They’ve had enough. And they’re all starting to…

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Benedetto Has Been to the Mountain

So we are finishing up our three-day retreat, or two-and-a-half day retreat, or two evenings and one full day and one half day retreat…. You can tell that the fresh mountain air is getting to me…. We had about three hours of free time one afternoon and my husband, Benedetto, set his heart on climbing…

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Repairing to a Retreat

I am on Cloud Nine. Over the past 24 hours my spirits have been lifted. Benedetto and I have taken a couple of days, time that we normally don’t have, since we can rarely spare two hours, much less two minutes, but we have left on a retreat. Shhh… quiet… conversation… no kids… some interactive…

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Are You Swamped, Too, or Is It Just Me?

I am over-involved. My “Just Say No” button has broken. I have no off switch. I am swamped. Some would say slammed. I don’t like slammed. “I was so slammed at work.” No, too uncultured for me. Sounds like somebody’s hitting you. I was swamped, inundated, overwrought, if you must. In essence, too much to…