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Damn the practical

Dear Adeline, Focus. Intention. Peaceful creativity. Bright red, white, green, blue – you swirl and mix these colors with intensity. You cock your head as you deftly graze your canvas with a kaleidoscope paintbrush. Then you go all in and you smash your hands into your creation, swirling the colors into indistinguishable shades. Distracted, you pause to […]

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When the Cynic Dies

Dear River, Most of us were nervous, a little on edge. A few had moved across the country. All of us had heard the rumors, few believed them to be true. At 9:00 am we nervously sat in black chairs in a gray room and awaited the inevitable  disappointment. It was our first day of “onramping” […]

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I know everything about you

Dear Adeline and River, A subtle, dangerous thing happens when you are married for a while. Actually, it goes beyond marriage and extends to all long-term relationships. In the context of a marriage, however, it feels more urgent. What happens is you begin to think you know all there is to know about the other […]

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5 Things I Love About the Seahawks and Why they Matter to You.

Dear Adeline and River, Here are 5 reasons I love the Seattle Seahawks and why they matter to you. 1. Marshawn Lynch refuses to play the media game. Marshawn Lynch, otherwise knows as “Beast Mode” because of things like this: He hates talking to the media. Like, really hates it. He hates it so much […]

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Twinkies in the Desert

Dear Adeline and River, I had a conversation last night that broke my heart and made me angry. Around 9:45 last night I picked up a couple – I’m a Lyft driver on occasion. Let’s call them Sam and Amy. They were talkative, outgoing, and perhaps a touch overbearing. As we drove, a few things […]

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Limping to 2015

Dear Adeline and River, Here we are, limping into the new year. This is not how it is supposed to be. December is meant to be full of life, expectation, family, celebration, and fun. Gifts, little kids, pajamas, and late nights culminate on Christmas day. We drink a little too much, laugh a little too much, […]

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Your Pit Bull

Dear River, I want to tell you a story about your dog, Zoe. We found her cowering at the pound. She wasn’t barking like the other dogs. She was simply laying there, looking up at us. The tag said, “lab mix” and she was slated to be killed in a week. We fell for it, thinking […]

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Broken Mousy Robot

Dear Adeline, We play a game. It’s called “Broken Mousy Robot,” and it is exactly how it sounds. The gist is to pretend that we are quite literally broken mouse robots. You squeal in glee as we convulse in an attempt to conjure the perfect replication of a robot, that is a mouse, that’s tragically […]

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How To Decipher Your Needs

Dear Adeline, Wants and needs. I wonder if the key to a happy life, if indeed that is the goal, is deciphering the two. Do you need this or do you want this? What’s the difference and when is it appropriate to claim one instead of the other? In the waning months of your second year, […]

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Dear Adeline and River, I am ridiculously good at Street Fighter II. I have yet to find another human being who can consistently beat me. The computer-controlled fighters present the only consistent challenge. In Street Fighter II, you can raise and lower the difficulty. One difficulty star means the challenger stands there and picks his […]

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