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daily kaddish: for Laura Nelson

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Laura was radiant. Everyone who knew her even slightly would agree. May she rest in peace; may her smile light up the eyes of the angels as it did so many of ours. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: making lefse the way my grumpy gramma did

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I didn’t know Gramma all that well, because she died when I was only six, of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: for the family we never knew

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This is a kaddish for all the family we never really knew in the first place. Continue reading

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how to play Rook Wanamingo style

A kaddish for all my Norwegian-Minnesotan relatives who played the most cutthroat game of Rook you can imagine. Continue reading

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counting cards with my grumpy grampa

I never gave my grampa his due, but I’m starting to appreciate him. Continue reading

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optimism in the face of reason, or: another kaddish for new orleans

Mira wrote about having a grudge against optimism in a recent essay that has left me wandering lost in my own mind. See, I agree with just about everything she wrote. I largely agree with her worldview. But I am a persistent optimist. I am an optimist in the face of considerable clear evidence that optimism is irrational. Continue reading

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