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Interfering with life

The phrase, “I am a product of the ___ (name of district) public schools,” is one that evokes my shudder every time I hear or read it. The statement calls to mind the 12-step programs: “My name is ____ and … Continue reading

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Peace dove

I realized that these were people I saw once a year, and with whom I had no other contact. They did not even send holiday cards, much less call on the phone, or acknowledge the birth of a baby or an anniversary. Our relationship existed just one night per year. Continue reading

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Refusing to feed the frenzy

On “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving, I participated in Buy Nothing Day, which has become my tradition. A friend, who had braved the shopping chaos, said that the local outlet mall (“Virginia’s Number One Tourist Attraction!”) was so packed … Continue reading

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The crazy woman

I heard the crazy woman’s loud voice coming up behind me as I stood in line while waiting for the library to open so I could donate a pint to the blood drive. “I thought that was a new style … Continue reading

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Quotes from Seabadge XIX

Ship 7916 scout and current Boatswain, Rebecca, started a tradition of collecting quotes from each activity. Since she was not able to attend the Seabadge XIX training (Charlie Crew rocked the hardest!) at the USCG Curtis Bay repair yard this … Continue reading

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“Avatar” looks like $250 million in 3-D

Avatar drew me in immediately, even aside from the anticipation that built as I learned about how it was filmed (in “a warehouse space — it was actually a place where Howard Hughes worked on the Spruce Goose — maybe … Continue reading

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Whitecaps for Shay

The day started off prickly. Serious communication glitches in the Saturday Sail coordination process caused me to spend 20 minutes and however much gas to drive down to the dock, only to find no scouts, and no captain. I was … Continue reading

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A worthwhile day

Capt. Ashton was planning to have this weekend be just orientation for a gaggle of captains, but since two of my scouts wanted to sail, I talked him into making the regular Saturday Sail a go. It was the first … Continue reading

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Captain Chaos

Yesterday I received a much-needed and far-too-long-awaited reward. It had been 6 months since I had really sailed, and that previous time was the Amanda Grace homecoming, during which we only sailed for about 1 of the 26 hours under … Continue reading

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Seafarer 29

Stopped at Fairfax Yacht Club on my way home from work tonight, where I met my Boat Procurement Officer, John Ashton, and a potential donor and his delightful granddaughter, Kaylie. I spent about a half hour checking out the boat, … Continue reading

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