In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn regrets the phrase “Sweet Old Lady”.

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In this weeks’ episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn prepares to face her 40-year high school reunion.

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The Middle Distance 2.10.12: Phantom Valentines

I’ve been thinking about our phantom Valentines — not actual lovers who passed on to someone else or passed away, but the ones who thrilled us secretly, who we loved and never told, maybe never even touched, the ones whose lives we passed through briefly and [...]

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn muses on a favorite childhood cuisine that’s all the rage now in gourmet circles.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn remembers a Greyhound journey through Middle America.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn muses on the renewal a well-considered garden can bring.

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The Middle Distance 1.13.12: When I’m Gone

One day when I’m gone, someone — my daughter or one of my sons — will find the laundry baskets in the bedroom closet, overflowing with snapshots of our family.

The photos are stacked in criss-crossing patterns, each short pile representing the roll of film taken [...]

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(“My Desk” by Myron Wood. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, courtesy of Special Collections. Image Number: 002-1506.jpg.)

The Middle Distance 1.6.12: This Will Be Our Year

This year, when January came around I noticed an odd paralysis going on — I was afraid to make lists. My notepads remained blank. Even [...]

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn looks back at the mixed bag of getting what you wish for.

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The Middle Distance 12.16.2011: Merry Texas Christmas

For all of my children’s lives, thirty-four Christmases with the exception of just a few, we have gathered at their grandmother’s house in Galveston, Texas for the end of year holiday. For many years we drove the hard, long course from Colorado Springs to the [...]

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In this episode of the Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn takes us on a holiday tour of the Nashville Parthenon, the Miracle Mile and the parking lot of the Colorado Springs Airport.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn recalls a one-thousand mile holiday road trip with her small children.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, we revisit Kathryn Eastburn’s Thanksgiving column from last year: “But Who Will Make The Broccoli-Pea Casserole?”

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In this episode of her personal essay The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn appreciates a shift in her relationship with her older sister.

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The Middle Distance 11.11.11: Empty Orchestra

It has been five years since the first karaoke Christmas. This year we are making plans to gather, as we always do, in Galveston at my sister’s and mother’s homes, eager to be together but even more, sworn to tradition.

That Christmas, 2006, I rented a [...]

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn gets lost in a blizzard of memories.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn muses on the gulf between writing and wanting to be a writer.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn wonders if the awareness raised by Occupy Wall Street will trickle down to our spending habits.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn considers the curious unhappiness of Frank Sinatra.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn remembers her father’s spirit in life and death.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn gazes through the disconnect between the past and the future.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn considers what we’ve learned since 9/11.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn pays homage to the practice of Yoga.

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · Squirrel monkeys, chimps, and humans: Two among these are willing to give up an unfair advantage, but why? It’s about greasing the social wheels, scientists say.
 

September 18, 2014 | NPR · The man in the video says he is John Cantile, a British journalist and hostage. He asks why his government has abandoned him. NPR hasn’t independently verified the video’s authenticity.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · A new study bolsters the theory that chimpanzees kill rivals as an adaptation to their natural environment and not as a result of human impact.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · The legendary stand-up discusses “crossing the line” in comedy. Then, in his signature voice, he whispers sweet nothings into your ear in a game about famous romances throughout history.
 

September 18, 2014 | NPR · We’re wrapping up the show with a game featuring the letters R-A-P. All answers contain those letters in consecutive order. For example, “a long-haired lady in fairy tales” is “Rapunzel.”
 

September 18, 2014 | NPR · We love low-brow film, but every once in a while, we crave high culture. In this game, we’ve classed up a few famous movie quotes with the names of important historical figures: “I’ll be Bach.”
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · The Brooklyn rapper spoke to Microphone Check about the music business, the old neighborhood, the kids and a theoretical campaign to be Mayor of New York City.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · Alt.Latino celebrates the singer-songwriter and Soda Stereo leader, with guest host Ernesto Lechner.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · The high-energy string band weaves ’60s R&B and rock into folk and bluegrass for a distinct sound.
 

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