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Our Shared Year of Words (with Variations)

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On January 1 of last year, Toots and I started a writing game. We’d spent most of New Year’s Eve watching Slings & Arrows, which is not a prerequisite for the game, but it helps. Players: 2 Materials needed: phones, notebooks or laptops, a timer (see phones) We could have spent the day watching Season […]

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Ringing out the old

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All the guests came. Even Press-n-Seal, though she worried that her presence might be more hurtful than supportive. “Not that we serve the same purpose,” she half-apologized as we gathered in the darkened living room, “but if he sees me next to Cling Wrap—” “He’ll be fine,” Cling asserted. “I’m not saying there’s a parallel…” “Of […]

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Elegy for Zoe

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Zoe was discovered at Charlie Trotter’s. She was two and a half, and on display out front at a PAWS adoption event. “She was just watching everyone walk by,” Ruth says tonight, at the emergency vet. Ruth imitates Zoe’s confident tilt of the head. “She was so much furrier than I’d imagined.” The emergency vet asks […]

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Found.

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When Ruby saw her car again, the first thing she wanted to do was vacuum it. Also scrub and Armor All every surface, “erase the hell out of the bad ju-ju,” she said. But first she had to get it out of the impound lot and back to Wisconsin. The CRV had been found on Medill […]