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Double Take

I could have sworn the swan did a double take. It had been basking in the summer sun. It unfurled its elegant neck for a few seconds, seemed to glance at the pond, then tucked its head back to form … Continue reading

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A Surprising Sea of Synesthesia

Old Uzbek had words for dozens of varieties of crying–including my personal favorite, a word for crying while making the sound hay, hay. I think English needs more words for “surprise”–perhaps for the variety of surprise that freezes one in … Continue reading

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Hydrangea

Hydrangea, sketch (c) 2009 Emma Glennon

“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

–Albert Einstein, quoted in Wisdom (London, 2002).

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