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Morning Space
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Morning Space

I am not a morning person. Last summer, I tried running a couple times before work, and it was terrible. All the neighborhoods were still dark and the streets were abandoned (pretty similar to a scary recurring dream I’ve had for years). I ate a rice cake with peanut butter on it and half a banana but … Continue reading

How Do You Think of People?
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How Do You Think of People?

What do people look like in your mind? Whether consciously or unconsciously, when you think of someone, you call to mind an abstract image: a place, objects, an action that specific person is doing. Sometimes when I think of people, it’s several actions layered on top of each other: the compilation of their essence. For … Continue reading

Rainy in DC
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Rainy in DC

After a lot of hunting, I finally found a place to plug in my phone and computer in the DC airport. It’s at a standing table overlooking ramp 25 and the dark airport and its blinking lights. It’s thunderstorming powerfully outside, and the rain is pushing great pools of water in heaps across the concrete. … Continue reading

Place of Rest (Day 8 – 14)
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Place of Rest (Day 8 – 14)

I’m in a small coffee shop called The Wake-Up Call in a little town in northern Wisconsin. An Americano steams in my cup, and two teenage girls chatter passionately about two different boys and then more slowly and cautiously about someone who had a miscarriage. It’s grey and windy out, a smattering of rain dotting … Continue reading

Day 1 – Day 7
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Day 1 – Day 7

If the following blog post is confusing to you, read this, and it will no longer be. Day 1: Hike. There’s a pretty little trail in the woods in Roseville that we hiked tonight. Mostly, I have two words to describe that trek, and they are mosquitoes and darkness. I guess it makes things more adventurous if … Continue reading

40 Days of Moving
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40 Days of Moving

I hear laughter from a group of people drift out of a cracked window from the house across the street. Someone’s radio is switched on to the talk station on a porch somewhere, and I can just barely catch the murmur of a man as he talks insistently about something. We did some spring cleaning: our … Continue reading

Collaborating
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Collaborating

The last few months, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating over some art with Chris Behnen (check out more of his films over at Pinstripe Productions). Take a look at his latest film below, titled “You and I,” which circles around the conceptual exploration of relationships. “Gather,” a poem I wrote to pair with the film, also centers … Continue reading

Tradition
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Tradition

I’m writing to you from a car in the middle of 35 in southern Minnesota. We’re passing field after field, the afternoon sun dropping lower in the sky, and everything’s a hazy grey-brown color today. The trees haven’t budded yet, and they stand tall and dead, cracking their branches against the sky. Water towers, fences, cows, a few … Continue reading

Two Months
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Two Months

I’ve caught this coffee shop right at its close. The barista is leisurely, but thoroughly, pushing a mop around the tile. He wears a blue sweatshirt and takes his time. The other barista’s keys are jingling as she moves hurriedly, wiping counters, pushing milk into fridges, and runs water into a big sink. She pauses … Continue reading

Charm
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Charm

Here’s what I’ve done so far today. Well first I will give you the facts that it is President’s Day, and some of us who work in schools have today off, it’s blizzarding outside, and one of my closest friends is getting married five days. Also, I have a quilt over my lap—the one my … Continue reading