12
May
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Reality intrudes

I confess I didn’t think it through when I thought we’d have a giant push to move years and years of stuff out of the house – then, while waiting for the closing ceremonies, we could relax and make a few fixes around the cabin to prep it for rental; then as soon as we signed we’d be […]

4
April
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A house is not a home

You know how you can go along ignoring topics and memes that don’t interest you, until you’re suddenly receptive for some reason?  Normally news about Burt Bacharach, like the review of a new show in NY ‘reimagining’ his songs, would be pretty far below my radar. But reading it last week this song title jumped out at […]

11
March
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Local man packs up amazing shop

Before we can begin the big American adventure, local man must pack up the coolest workshop on Mercer Island. Also known among other locals as the Garage Mahal, the workshop is the birthplace of many anthropomorphic robots, several pieces of fine furniture and countless home fix-it projects. And it’s been a beloved hangout for the […]

25
February
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To have and to hold on to

About 20 years ago, together with my siblings and various nephews, I helped my mom empty my grandma’s house after she died. Sad as we were to lose Gene, she was about 93, and she was one of those people about whom you said: she didn’t have an easy life, but she had a great life. […]

26
January
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Ferris Bueller, Philosopher

Having spent more of my time working in the last 35 years than almost anything else, the prospect of not working is weird, daunting, a bit surreal. I’m trying to hold two opposing ideas in my head at the same time: I’m about to quit a great job, in a happening market space, with a […]

26
January
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Now for the hard part

The last of the holiday-visiting relatives have left (so sad), the leftovers are eaten (so full), the tree is down (so dropping needles), the new year has arrived (so foggy). So, no more excuses. Time to get serious about the packing, the fixing, the cleaning, and the organizing. So many decisions: Pods or storage locker? […]

30
December
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Family and food

Normally, I have a snotty, full-of-myself, nose-looking-down for chicken soup for the soul cliches. But sometimes the sentimental cliches feel just exactly right for the occasion. In this case, the occasion being Thanksgiving, my 6-year-old niece suggested we go around the table and say what we’re thankful for — and she immediately claimed the two […]

17
November
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Tick, tick, tick…

The countdown clock is ticking. I’m waking up with partially formed lists in my head. With about 4 months left before we put our house on the market, how on earth to budget my time to do all the rest of the sorting, packing, decisions on keeping, giving away, and getting rid of 26 years worth […]