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Memories From Sand: Making Christmas Meaningful

Posted December 11, 2014 By Elisa

The Freak-Out   This week in December just FREAKS. ME. OUT.   All of the sudden the Christmas everything is happening: the parties, the presents, the paper reindeer from school, the tree trimming, the needing to buy not needed things for all the people, whilst drinking glassfuls of eggnog, wine, peppermint coffee and wassail to try […]

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The Weight of Expectation   Once upon a time my husband didn’t give me a Christmas present, but after the holiday he brought me to the mall. He told me just to meander, walk around, pointing out what I liked. It was rather annoying because I would say “yes, yes, yes, I want this!” But […]

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Ebola: Three Ways to Mitigate Your Worry

Posted October 18, 2014 By Elisa

We aren’t fully panicking yet. But as an infected man went through our token international airport a few miles off, I am beginning to hear the stirring speculations: Is it possible that maybe Ebola carries through the air? Could these germs have flown up route 28, turned west on Waxpool, and hit the iPod-zoned-out jogger […]

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When I was a kid, my family used to host exchange students from Japan. I thought it was funny that our students would hold two fingers up in a peace sign for pictures, an equivalent “say cheese for the camera.”  Later, though, I read this is considered the peace sign because it meant “V” for […]

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and My Flawed Principle

Posted August 23, 2014 By Elisa

Nominated for the Epidemic I began seeing signs of this epidemic a few weeks ago. It was spreading. I was cringing. It looked painful. Uncomfortable. And, truth be told,  it also looked gimmicky, mainstream, and sportsy. I like to think I am incompatible with all of those things. One thing I have discovered about myself […]

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In the Name of Frozen Lasagna, Love Thy Community! Community Living, Part 1 A Brief History of the Lasagna You might have thought lasagnas were invented in Italy, but they weren’t. They were created back when cavemen took their fat-honking clubs, beat down saber-tooth tigers and shared a chunk of the meat with the their […]

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Have you ever gotten random texts from a stranger? This happened to me the other day, and not for the first time! Even so, this was my first extended conversation with a person I didn’t know (I will let you read it below). I wasn’t sure it was a stranger at first. Then, once it […]

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Ten Ways to End Human Trafficking in NoVA

Posted May 25, 2014 By Elisa

Want to make a difference locally? Here are some easy ideas! Ten Ways to End Human Trafficking in NoVA 1.) “Like” NoVA HTI on Facebook. 2.) Currently we are looking for 5 people to donate $100 per month for a year to help a sex trafficking survior have a place to live with her children. If you want to […]

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Considerations From A White Man

Posted May 21, 2014 By Elisa
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                                            I grew up with this great guy. I’d come home and find him and my brother blowing bubbles in their drinks for, like, an hour (trying to learn to circular breathe, of course). He […]

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