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
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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 […]

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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
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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 […]

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The Middle Distance 1.6.12: This Will Be Our Year
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This year, when January came around I noticed an odd paralysis going on — I was afraid […]

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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
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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 […]

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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
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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 […]

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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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June 27, 2016 | NPR · Britain’s top political parties are scrambling to find new leaders as lame duck Prime Minister David Cameron heads to Brussels to attend European Commission meetings and reassure continental allies.
 

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June 27, 2016 | NPR · “This is done! This is done! We are never going home!” a commentator on Icelandic TV said. He added, “Live the way you want England. … You can go home! You can go out of Europe!
 

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June 27, 2016 | NPR · White House aides acknowledge that the plan, to be announced by President Obama and his counterparts in Canada and Mexico, is a “stretch goal.” The commitment goes beyond the Paris climate agreement.
 

Arts & Life

June 27, 2016 | NPR · The sixth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR’s Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
 

June 27, 2016 | FA · After starring in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Her new memoir is Then and Now.
 

June 27, 2016 | FA · Todd Solondz’s new film consists of four episodes linked by a female dachshund, who has four different owners and four different names. Critic David Edelstein calls Wiener-Dog tragic and inspiring.
 

Music

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June 27, 2016 | WXPN · Smith Westerns fans might want to take note of guitarist Max Kakacek and drummer Julien Ehrlich’s new band.
 

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June 27, 2016 | NPR · The man whose songs have been recorded by Luke Bryan, Little Big Town and more is now emerging as a crucial voice on his own.
 

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June 27, 2016 | KCRW · KCRW’s Jason Bentley spins music by M83, Kinobe, Kraak & Smaak and more in this week’s two-hour EDM mix.
 

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