get naked or leave: part II

During my second year of school, I decided I would work part-time as a life drawing model; because $14 an hour, was pretty good pay for nude sitting.  Of course, the concept of being naked in front of my friends and classmates was a fairly daunting.  However, after the first class I an anxiety I…

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building doors

Cliché phrases rarely make an impact on me. I feel life seldom works in a manner where a quaint little phase can be wrapped up with a nice bow and actually apply to people’s lives.  Over a year ago now, I was wandering about on etsy forums, when I stumbled across the phrase, If opportunity…

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literally slower

There is more to life than increasing its speed. -Gandhi Life seems to move slower here.  In one way, life is also literally slower here.   While driving, it is not uncommon to come upon a tractors, heavy machinery, construction sites encroaching onto the narrow streets, horses with carts, donkeys hauling milk (or used as a mode…

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commission: his heart in texas

In my experience, Texans and New Yorkers are the people most blatantly proud of their states.  The rest of us, we like our home states just fine.  We will tell people about our childhoods there, local history or random anecdotes, but it never seems to have the intensity of those people from Texas or New…

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at four months

Terceira is a gorgeous small island in the middle of the Atlantic.  I knew nothing of this island (and very little about the Azores in general) until my husband told me his next duty station would be Lajes Field.  I knew our lives were going to change once again, from what we had become accustomed…

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image progression: england V

In 2005, I had the opportunity to study for fives weeks at Oxford with other classmates from my university.  Our professors and lectures were fascinating, the city was captivating and I found myself utterly content, enjoying each moment as it moved seamlessly into the next.  On this trip, I danced (honestly, for the first time)…

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