Category Archives: culture

One Square Mile

Main Street has changed quite a bit, but Peaceable Kingdom is still there with the table of toys down the center, matchbook enamel pins and wooden counter #annarbor #goinghome #nostalgia A post shared by Elleanor Chin (@elleanorchin) on Jun 1, … Continue reading

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Patchwork ROI

I have a complicated relationship with quilts. They’re one of the few things I can reliably and consistently sew. They are a significant part of my maternal family culture. My great grandmother, great aunts, and several of my aunts have … Continue reading

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Hot Buttered Nonsense

Three days before Christmas, my friend Allison posted the following on Facebook. Hot Buttered Rum 1 lb butter, softened 1 lb light brown sugar 1 lb powdered sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp ground nutmeg (probably less if it’s … Continue reading

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Dream of a White Christmas

This year’s Christmas cultural experiment came courtesy of a friend’s cookie exchange party. I think cookie exchanges have been around for a while. I don’t know if they happened when I was a kid, but if they did, I wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Rage, Creation, and Trains

“Where was I?” “You were in the Straits of Magellan I believe,” she offered helpfully. “Indeed I was. Well, we were crushed by a giant whale. The ship splintered to pieces under the mighty thrash of its tail and we … Continue reading

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Harry Potter, the Wire, and What My Yellow A** learned about Diversity This Summer

Chow Yun Fat, George Harris as Kingsley Shacklebolt, Joseph Mawle In August the hashtag #IfHogwartsWasanHBCU came across my Twitter feed. (HBCU = Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Buzzfeed aggregated a bunch of the tweets showing a combination of preferred casting … Continue reading

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The Star and The Mountain

Today I realized how spectacularly horrid being from Columbine, Colorado or Newtown, Connecticut must be sometimes. The place you were born, or went to middle school, or had your wedding reception is tagged in the minds of millions with irrational … Continue reading

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