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Another person leaving the Asian Market with a bag — he goes into a house right on the corner and pops the red gate shut. A woman in colorful scarves and a preschooler. He hides behind a parked car, pops out and roars at her. She laughs, totally relaxed. I freak out when my five-year-old […]

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I’m better now

When I first watched the first season of Great British Bake Off with the new hosts, I got the impression that they were deeply sad. I may have been projecting.

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For Luck

Eight years ago, in April, I was getting ready to play a roller derby game at Memorial Coliseum in Portland. That’s where the NBA team used to play. Now they play in the bigger arena next door. I wasn’t the only one playing a game that day. The Blazers were playing a playoff game, too. […]

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The toddler is yelling because he wants to see the lobsters in the tank at the grocery store. A few months ago, it would have been, “more fish!” This time, it’s “I want to see fish ONE MORE TIME.” When did he get so big?

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A guy was standing on the sidewalk, in a puffy coat and knit beanie, holding something in his hand and looking toward a house. He seemed to be talking and gesturing, but I couldn’t see anyone else. Hmm, I thought. I didn’t have much to think about it, but I wondered if he belonged there. […]

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The women in the locker room — most easily 20 years older than me at 39 — like to chat after water aerobics. I set my broth — on Monday I made the turkey legs — out to cool. Then, from the other room, I heard this huge crash! I thought what in the world?! […]

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Portland winter

I woke up when my toddler forced me to, just like I do every other day. When I say every other day, I mean every two days, because for the most part I take turns with my husband. While I poured the water over the coffee grounds, and the toddler puttered around, I felt a […]

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You can see where this is going

A month or two ago, it was our family’s turn to take home the pre-k “class book.” My husband put it on top of the car while he was loading the kids in and… you can see where this is going. Despite him calling the school immediately, tracing his path later that night? The book […]

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A Little on the Nose

I’ve volunteered to stuff envelopes, so I show up to the Democratic Party of Oregon office and buzz the buzzer. Thirty seconds later, an older gentleman comes walking down the stairs and says hello. “I’m here to volunteer. I’m helping with the mailing?” “For the DPO?” “Ummm.” (Oh yeah, DPO.) “Yes.” “Huh, um, come upstairs.” […]

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Are You Going to Be That Dramatic All Day?

I’m headed toward the self-checkout when I see a woman in a long, elaborate dress swan toward me. “Swanning” is the only way she can move in this costume, with a train shushing around her on the not-quite-clean grocery store floor. Suddenly, she’s pivoting and turning back. “What did you need help with?” Her dress […]

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