Random Thoughts

You Never Forget Your High School Love

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger “Love each other dearly always. There is scarcely anything else in the world but that: to love one another.” —Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Well, thanks Victor. That sounds easy, but it often feels like we never remember to do it until something horrifying reminds us to do […]

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The Slow Old Days

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger When Maria told me the theme for this week was “slow fashion,” my first thought was, “What in the world is slow fashion?” Other than describing my usual default position of being very, very far behind on fashion trends, I had no clue. And then I thought, […]

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Defining Popular—Not What You Think It Means

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger Today’s vocab words: popular as in “popular” author: untalented as in “popular” fiction: talentless as in “pop” icon: super talented! and literary as in “literary” author: brilliant as in “literary” fiction: brilliantly crafted storytelling. Stepping away from my typical brooding and introspection—such as it is—about my own […]

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You Say You Want a Revolution

by guest blogger Megan Mulry, writer of sexy, stylish romantic fiction “It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness.” —Alcoholics Anonymous I spend a lot of my emotional, mental, and creative energy at the intersection of acceptance and resentment. Obviously, what this AA quote states are universal […]

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May Your Hearts Not Break

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger “May your hearts not break…”—A Wish for My Children, Evangeline Paterson I don’t remember anything about my last Mother’s Day with my mom. Other than that it was in 2011. It may be because it was ordinary and the details would disappoint in their blandness. We gathered […]

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Putting Yourself in Parentheses

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger In Nick Hornby’s charming and disarmingly thought-provoking new book, Funny Girl, we meet a group of people working on or near a 1960s U.K. television comedy called Barbara (and Jim). A dazzling and talented young actress who calls herself Sophie Straw is cast as Barbara, and the […]

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My Thorfties

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger I had a startling thought the other day. I wondered if the time had come when I can no longer brood over my to-do list and shrug off thousands of undone tasks (and dreams) with my favorite catch-all phrase: “I’m pacing myself.” At this rate, if I […]

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Portland in Perspective: 6 Real and 4 Bogus Clichés

by Mark Remy, writer, runner, and creator of Remy’s World I’ve lived in Portland, Oregon, for about a year now. As a result, I consider myself the world’s foremost authority on Portland, Oregon. OK, maybe not. But since moving here from Pennsylvania last summer, I think I do have a pretty good perspective on our […]

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