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Friday Round-Up: DC Dash

The trick about road trips, especially short ones, is to know where you will end up for the night but not really care how you get there. Take today’s little jaunt, for instance. We started at a lovely hotel in downtown Washington, a stone’s throw from the White House which, if I might say, is…

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Questioning America

The first thing you notice at the National Museum of African American History and Culture is that everyone is trying to be so nice, especially the white people. ‘Excuse me’s’ flutter like confetti, an invisible murmuring of apology for standing in front of someone and for everything else that’s ever happened.  It’s unconscious, reflexive almost,…

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Dust Bowl Tour Day 2

Originally posted on Red's Wrap: It’s so easy to see how it could happen. The land is so completely flat. There aren’t the rises in the distance like the hills bordering farmland in Wisconsin, where you sense that the original settlers decided to stop cutting down trees and let some be a haven or…

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Doorway Talk

A conversation this morning with one of the homeless women I talked to last week who remembered working with me forty years ago in an anti-poverty agency. “How are you?” “How are you?” “What are you doing today?” “What are you doing today?” “I came back because I forgot to give out the gift cards…

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Lemons

Originally posted on Red's Wrap: This is one of those blog posts that’s going to get me scolded either by members of my own family or by the dreamy adoption people who believe that God personally selected the child they adopted.  I don’t care because the truth of the matter is that adoptive parents, at least the ones I know, talk about lemons now and then.  As in “how did I end up with this child and not that one?” In our group of adoptive families in which all the kids came from the same orphanage in Nicaragua, this question comes up but only in a joking way.  Growing…

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Minnie and BowWow Discuss Hospice Care

BowWow: This is getting pretty damn grim around here. Minnie: Yes. I agree. It’s a little depressing. BowWow: Do you feel like we’re at fucking death’s door? Like the people are ordering up our caskets and making up prayer cards while we’re still fucking alive? Jesus. It’s unfuckingreal. Minnie: I think they’re just trying to prepare for…

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Friday Five: December 1, 2017

Last night, I sat with a group of homeless women and then a group of homeless men and asked them questions about being homeless that only they can answer, questions they don’t get asked very often because people are too busy helping them to ask them what they think. One of them was a 73-year…

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Dust Bowl Tour: Road Trip Revelations

Originally posted on Red's Wrap: 2,459 miles. Six days. Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin. Here are my road trip revelations: Listen to the locals. At the BBQ joint last night, the lady behind the counter told me that their mac and cheese was pretty good but I should probably order the creamed corn instead. Creamed corn in Kansas and Missouri isn’t the emulsification of corn that we think of as creamed corn. It is CORN IN CREAM and a fair amount of butter. I worship this corn now and want to eat nothing else the rest of my life. Go to the small town museums.…

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Road Trip

Originally posted on Red's Wrap: If we went across the country, we could put the dogs in the truck and they could look at cars passing by and be themselves in the beautiful wind, leap out for deserts and mountains, and chase what they can’t ever catch.  

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