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WGN Radio summer reading list

For the summer edition of my WGN Radio bookclub show, I gathered Jacob Knabb and Lindsay Muscato to talk about books, publishing and live lit in Chicago– because all of those things are blissfully plentiful in Chicago, despite what the coasts might have us believe about second city-hood. In any case, as I promised on […]

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Radio time! Listen 12-1pm CST and 7-9pm at wgnradio.com.
Radio time! Listen 12-1pm CST and 7-9pm at wgnradio.com.
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The South African adventure: Jozi to Cape Town

I’m so in love and awe with the group convened in Johannesburg, and say that without exaggeration. The group (the reason I was beckoned here in the first place) was made up of brilliant minds from around Africa, South Asia, primarily, and each does such important work to address such large issues in the world, puts so […]

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Thing I drew, left behind and that was picked up by @katieorens. She writes:
Thing I drew, left behind and that was picked up by @katieorens. She writes: "Discovered on a table as I was cleaning up the house, folded and seemingly forgotten, I found this marvelous intricate beautiful projection from the brain of @amyguth, a living idea taking root and branching out across the page/sky. Above the tree (and not entirely clear if meant to be connected to it), a loosely outlined heart containing the words: 'free to a good home.'"
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The South African adventure: Dakar to Johannesburg

DAKAR, SENEGAL– Most of the passengers on the flight from DC to Dakar left the plane, leaving only a handful of us who were continuing on to Johannesburg. I was feeling fucked up by time zones by that point, but was determined to power through. I made myself stop doing the math to consider what […]

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The South African adventure: Chicago to Dakar

CHICAGO– I’ve been working on my air travel anxiety. I can’t stand being enslaved to fears or phobias, and while I haven’t let said air travel anxiety stop me from doing anything, per se, I also really wanted to bust through that and open it all up to perhaps even unseen possibilities. There were milestones in […]

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David Bowie tribute and a word about who is allowed to grieve for dead rock stars

“Ashes to Ashes” was the first song I thought to post as a David Bowie tribute this morning,

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This sweet and giant Newfoundland, Joe, and I bonded this week. Sadly, I can't fit him in my suitcase. ❤️
This sweet and giant Newfoundland, Joe, and I bonded this week. Sadly, I can't fit him in my suitcase. ❤️
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The goal-setter’s dilemma

When it comes to things I want to do/achieve/experience, I have long gone the route of dogged persistence, holding on to the belief that it will happen because I believe it will, that I’ll find a way and figure it out and negotiate my way through, course-correcting on the fly to keep my eye on […]

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When it's 54 degrees overnight in Vermont, the stars are gorgeously bright and clear enough to see the Milky Way, and there's a fire pit area outside...
When it's 54 degrees overnight in Vermont, the stars are gorgeously bright and clear enough to see the Milky Way, and there's a fire pit area outside...
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On being anti-busy (lessons I learned the hard way)

To be “busy” in our modern world carries with it something like a badge of honor, a stake in the ground about mattering and about personal strength and resilience, and is a complete fucking farce that’s doing more harm than good. And, I reject it. 

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Scenes from a 5 min break in Vermont.
Scenes from a 5 min break in Vermont.
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This year, I’ll trick my brain into loving winter

In wintertime, a lot of people find themselves on a spectrum ranging from diagnosed Seasonal Affective Disorder to bouts of wintertime blues and blahs, and I’m no exception. Early winter is pretty and novel, but by late January, after months of very little exposure to sunlight, it’s hard for some people to stay productively motivated some days, hard […]

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Thing I drew.
Thing I drew.