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leave all your love and your longing behind

So long, 2010. You were interesting. I spent the vast majority of 2010 living in a black-and-white circus that will be nicely bound on bookstore shelves come September. It’s still rather hard to believe, but I’m working on that. This time last year I was still unagented and pulling my manuscript apart again for yet […]

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flax-golden tales: frames for nature

frames for nature Nature doesn’t need frames, I say, but she insists on finding them anyway. Running around like a cameraless photographer as she composes each shot. Leaving to find another when she’s satisfied. I ask her why, not really expecting an answer. It’s too much to look at all at once, she says. Maybe […]

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peppermint & snow

On Friday, we baked cookies & tartlets & listened to absurd amounts of holiday music. I still find the “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” song mildly disturbing. And we made peppermint bark. I’d never made it before, but I wanted to try something not-cookie, and my Martha Stewart holiday cookbook had a recipe that seemed fairly […]

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flax-golden tales: silver bells

silver bells Listen, and you’ll hear. In the snow-quiet. In the cold that envelops bare branches and evergreens alike, winding around sleds and mittens and waterproof boots. The bells are ringing. Even if they don’t appear to move. Even if you can’t see where they are hung. Even if you have to listen very, very […]

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snowy solstice

We had our first snow of the season, finally! Started yesterday & continued overnight, which meant no late night lunar eclipse watching for us, sadness. Still, it’s nice to have the snow. I always love the first snow, when everything’s all bright & white & quiet. After it turns slushy, not so much love, but […]

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flax-golden tales: solitary contemplation

solitary contemplation There’s a saint in the window of the building across the street. I don’t know which one, I’m not good with saints. He faces the window, but he doesn’t look out. He looks down, like he’s distracted. Lost in his thoughts rather than watching the street or the trees. The building used to […]

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paper cranes

Over last weekend, I taught myself how to do something I have always wanted to learn but never actually sat down and took the time for until now. I learned how to fold paper cranes. They’re actually not as complicated as they look. I found a bunch of guides online and ended up following this […]

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really big book

I like books. A lot. This is likely obvious. I recently bought myself a book that I’d had my eye on for awhile. I wanted it based on title alone (Magic 1400s-1950s!), but then I saw pictures and made grabby hands at my computer screen and then I kind of had to have it. I […]

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this is why we never get a tree

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flax-golden tales: angel tech support (ATS)

angel tech support (ATS) Anyone who finds out is usually surprised that angels need tech support, that it’s even a job. But that’s because we’re good at it. You’d never know we’re here, that’s the point. Have you ever seen a cherub? They’re chubby. Those fluffy little wings aren’t enough to keep them up, but […]

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