Posts from February 2013

The Record Books

What if Abbey Road had been a book instead of an album? How about Exile on Main Street? The Rockpot is selling packs of gorgeous postcards and prints of just such imaginations. I love the ones for Violator and Brothers in Arms. I love all of them, actually. They also have theoretical iOS app logos

Alternate Endings

Alternate Endings

The war seemed as far away as the football games of some one else’s college.

Six Months

Today marks the six month anniversary of my mother’s death. She died on Sunday, August 12, 2012. Not every month is the same length, though, of course. And should I consider “a month” to be “every four Sundays” or simply “the next 12th on the calendar”? It’s the sort of question she would call to

The Offseason

In which I mourn the ending of another college football season

Stretch, Run, Stretch

Stretch, Run, Stretch

About two weeks ago, on January 17th, Dr. Sohail Shayfer told me I was suffering from iliotibial band syndrome. He told me to take a break from running so much, to take two Aleve naproxen sodium tablets every twelve hours for four weeks, and to stretch, stretch, stretch. I’ve never stretched before or after a

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