Category Archives: love

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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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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Virtual Toast: 百年好合

I’ve been sickly this week and for a lot of folks these few days are very trying. So here’s something short about something sweet. One day about 27 years ago I looked in on my brother Pete and some of … Continue reading

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The Black Knights and the White

I knew Brian, though not as well as some. We were rivals for a young woman’s affection when first we met and never quite got over it. I think we were, in some ways, too much alike to get along. … Continue reading

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Life of Brian: Fast Times at Commie High

Ann Arbor Michigan in the 1980s was a small town. Parts of it still smelled like tamari and dense yeast bread from the 70s, but the seedy porn shops on 4th Avenue were being replaced with more dignified establishments. And … Continue reading

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Baroque Geography and Memory Salad

My father died 10 years ago today, after a period of dementia and failing health that was much more heartbreaking than his actual death. He was 83. I have a friend, Jessica, whose mother died one year ago today after … Continue reading

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