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Finding Home in America, Part V: Land that I Know

[Be sure to read parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 first. – Editors] “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game–the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism….

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Confessions of a Girl Who Never Learned to Bike

“It’s like riding a bike.” I’ve heard this expression countless times, but I don’t know what it means.

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To Boldly Go

A few minutes into the new Star Trek movie, I had to stifle a giggle. Jim Kirk, captain of a space vessel capable of blipping straight across the galaxy, pulls out his “communicator,” a far-future version of the cell phone. And it…

A SoCal Summer

A SoCal Summer

The best time to surf is always now. There is never time unless it is stolen, or constructed–saved. The calendar carves it up and serves it to the coyotes scavenging around the fringes for scraps of moments that can never…

Dayton Under Construction

Dayton Under Construction

Sunday night, holed up in the Tumbleweed, waiting for the late-spring blizzard-of-’13 that wasn’t. A ratty stuffed coyote yawns above me, next to a raven and a bighorn sheep wearing mardi gras beads, and another coyote. Across the horseshoe bar…

On Digging In

On Digging In

“I think you can never really do something well unless you’re able to leave it and, you know, have a family and have a home, and have a place that you’re from that you’re really dug in, you know. I…

A Spoiled Question

A Spoiled Question

In a small shore town in New Jersey, my family has a condo with a trapezoid of water visible if you lean off the porch. We’ve vacationed in this town since I was a baby, renting each summer for a…

Campo de' Fiori / courtesy flickr user O. Bendorf

Campo

According to most history books, timelines are horizontal. But in Rome history drew its own line vertically: new was built upon old and an urban layer-cake was formed. You can’t even build a subway line without ceding the project to archaeology for…

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Happy Birthday to Us!

Just over a year ago, we kicked things off here at LTIL with a profile of a woman who helps Burmese refugees and a poem about dead chicken. Time flies! To celebrate our anniversary, we’re taking this and next week off, then…

Imagining America imagining Israel

Imagining America imagining Israel

Last month, I spent a week in Israel on an educational seminar, experiencing the country’s stunning diversity and trying to wrap my head around its wrenching contradictions. Moments of ecstasy and heartbreak felt like they were tearing me in two….