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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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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August 30, 2015 | NPR · Bloody Mary’s have been around for ages, but an Iowa man has invented a way to take them to a whole new level: a straw made of meat. They’ve become a hit at bars, ballparks and stadiums. #America
 

August 29, 2015 | NPR · When he debuted earlier this summer, Kyle Jean-Baptiste was also the youngest person ever to play the lead character in Les Miserables on Broadway. He died in an accident Saturday.
 

August 29, 2015 | NPR · Three Al-Jazeera English journalists and several student activists were sentenced to up to three years and six months in prison in Cairo on Saturday.
 

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August 30, 2015 | NPR · That word is “searchers.” Wenders says, “If you look at the history of filmmaking, most great filmmakers actually were working on one story for all their lives.”
 

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August 30, 2015 | NPR · Bloody Mary’s have been around for ages, but an Iowa man has invented a way to take them to a whole new level: a straw made of meat. They’ve become a hit at bars, ballparks and stadiums. #America
 

August 29, 2015 | NPR · Phillips’ new collection is both raw and refined, drawing on intimate experience while shunning autobiography. “I become uncomfortable when people make an equation between author and poem,” he says.
 

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August 30, 2015 | NPR · Danish musician Amalie Bruun grew up playing classical piano and violin — but her passion is black metal. She discusses her debut album, M, parts of which were made in a real mausoleum.
 

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August 29, 2015 | NPR · Along with his band The Night Sweats, Rateliff is the voice behind “S.O.B.” — a new song with an old sound that’s catching a lot of people off guard.
 

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August 29, 2015 | KQED · More than 60,000 people will gather in the Nevada desert next week for the annual festival — and the Playa Pops Symphony, which made its debut last year, will be ready for them.
 

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