Author Archives: KVM

Luggage and mutton chops

Yesterday a man got on the train and I smelled him before I saw him. His fly was down and I saw that because I was sitting and he was standing and I really didn’t want to look up to … Continue reading

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Yoga women and Fire men

At the only light in town, I sit stopped in my car and watched. On the right side, firemen worked on a big, shiny red firetruck. On the left side, women spill out the back door of the yoga studio. … Continue reading

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Use caution when cleaning bookshelves

My house is filled with knotty pine and lots of built-in cabinets and shelves. Along one short wall of the living room, I always wanted even more shelves, for books. After my husband Don died, I had a lot of … Continue reading

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What to do and what not to do when you father swallows gas, plus don’t let your puppy eat your pot

The doctor said there is no getting it up and out, that we have to wait until it went down and out. My Dad, swallowing gasonline when he tried to syphon some from the car to use in our lawn mower. … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Tips for Parents of College Kids

I am going to work on this more for next year and see if I can send it out somewhere. Relationships between parents and their 18-22 year olds won’t have changed… Your child is coming home for Thanksgiving, for 3 … Continue reading

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Victoria Lodge

When I first arrived at Victoria Lodge I wanted to cry like a freshman who realizes the full implications of what she’s done, just as her parents pull away. I still had Mike with me, and I wasn’t going for … Continue reading

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Time Travel

Our first night in Dublin we were so disoriented (we didn’t sleep on the plane the night before) that we didn’t realize that it stayed light until 11:00 p.m. The next morning we checked the weather on Mike’s phone, while … Continue reading

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Is this thing on?

I did a synchronous session with my Drexel class directly after my class in Cork. Here’s the main thing I learned—I rely on my “audience,” so much. The thing I hadn’t thought about at all was that I wasn’t going … Continue reading

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Notes from Ireland

Irish women love their white pants. The other day in the University restaurant, I was asked if I would like chips (French fries) with my taco. On Sundays, drapes are closed over the liquor shelves, even though during the week … Continue reading

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On being alone

When living my normal life at home, I have a fair amount of time alone. Probably more than a lot of “normal” Americans—I work from home 2 days a week; I have a good amount of time each evening after … Continue reading

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