In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn takes us back to the ballgame.

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn loses a pizza, but finds a home.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn remembers an eye-opening night in Nashville with the Rolling Stones.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn takes us to her daughter’s wedding.

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(Cybil Shepherd, center, after winning the Miss Teenage Mephmis Pageant in 1966)

The Middle Distance 8.5.11: What Was I Thinking?

What was I thinking? I was 15 years old and had moved with my family from the small town of Jackson to the big city of Memphis. I didn’t know anyone, [...]

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([Tearing Down Fence] Creator/Photographer: Stewarts Commercial Photographers,February 1932. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, courtesy of Special Collections. Image Number: 013-10179.)

The Middle Distance 7.29.11: “Don’t Fence Me In”

A few weeks ago, my son and I sat on the front porch and watched as two strong young men took down the [...]

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(“Accident – Shooks Run” by Stan Payne, December 8, 1950. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 004-10546.)

The Middle Distance 7.22.11: Do Not Pass. Pass With Care.

We can’t believe our father has had a wreck. He is a master of the road, a man at home [...]

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In this week’s Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn tends the gardens of beauty, tragedy and hope.

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([Street Scene] by Harry L. Standley, ca. 1920s. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 102-10388.)

The Middle Distance 7.8.11: Neighbors

At one point, after we had grown up and moved away, we counted 28 children in nine houses on our block of East 18th Street in Bowling [...]

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn makes her case for Terence Malick’s controversial new film, The Tree of Life.

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The Middle Distance 6.24.11: A Few Old Memories

The older I get, the smaller my memories. I don’t mean that I remember less, necessarily, but that I remember differently. Instead of entire seasons or full days or complete events, I remember specific sensory experiences tied to concrete objects — the smell of [...]

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn about the always-wondrous familiarity of a good story.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn considers the many bedrooms of her life.

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In this episode of The Middle Disstance, Kathryn Eastburn remembers coming of age one lazy Tennessee summer.

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“For Them” by Jay Maloney

Jay Maloney (pictured above) was a SPC-4 Army Medic at the 312th Evac Hospital at Chulai in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. The things he experienced during his tour nearly crushed his spirit. In this personal essay, originally written nearly 20 years ago, Maloney shares what he [...]

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn examines the differences between the changes we want and the changes we get.

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(“Scarecrow, Florence, Colo.” by Myron Wood, May 1976. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 002-2990.)

The Middle Distance 5.20.11: Pushing Through the Dirt

The soil is really not warm enough yet, but who knows when it will be? It’s the nature of late spring/early summer here in Colorado that whatever [...]

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn confronts the death of Osama bin Laden as old wounds are reopened.

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We didn’t get this essay up in time for Mother’s Day, but this piece by Alysia Abbott (author of last year’s Mother’s Day essay “A Mother’s Lament”) stands timeless as she looks squarely at the day-to-day love and work of mothering a child with autism and developmental disabilities.

“That You’ll [...]

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn sees her hands in the prints of her mother’s.

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The Middle Distance 4.22.11: A Tender Hallelujah

We are deep in the midst of the perfect storm of springtime: tax day, Passover, Easter Sunday, gardens sprouting, fruit trees in bloom, drought and wildfires, floods and tornadoes … life, death, resurrection. Fifty-seven years into this life, standing out in the broad meadow of [...]

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The Middle Distance 4.15.11: The Ecstatic Moment of Freefall

I sing with a small choir — pleasant songs in tight, three-part harmonies — and the other night at rehearsal another singer commented that when she allows herself to get lost in the sound of the music, she forgets where she is and [...]

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn finds cause for celebration.

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September 20, 2014 | NPR · The country’s presidential election, which has been disputed for months, may finally be coming to an end. The two candidates are expected to sign a deal tomorrow that would create a unity government.
 

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September 20, 2014 | NPR · As the U.S. begins to arm and train Syrian rebels, here’s a look at the very mixed record of U.S. support for rebel movements from Angola to Afghanistan.
 

September 20, 2014 | NPR · It reportedly took more than an hour to get through the line around the Baltimore stadium. ESPN is reporting on what it calls “a pattern of misinformation and misdirection” by the team and the NFL.
 

Arts & Life

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September 20, 2014 | NPR · Gail Sheehy is famous for her in-depth profiles of influential people, as well as her 1976 book on common adult life crises. Now she turns her eye inward, in her new memoir Daring: My Passages.
 

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September 20, 2014 | NPR · Since we specialize in asking people things they know nothing about, we’ve decided to ask Rick Steves three questions about the people out there in the world who have his name, but reversed.
 

September 20, 2014 | NPR · As a little girl, Anne Sinclair knew Pablo Picasso. She talks with NPR’s Scott Simon about why she didn’t want the master to paint her picture, and her new memoir, My Grandfather’s Gallery.
 

Music

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September 20, 2014 | NPR · The Oscar and Grammy Award-winning R&B singer says her new album, JHUD, has more energy than her previous ballad-heavy albums, and expresses more of her “everyday person.”
 

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September 20, 2014 | NPR · A certain someone hates the word “songstress.” What else should be abolished from music writing?
 

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September 20, 2014 | NPR · As a kid, Scottish soul singer Paolo Nutini fell in love with male harmony groups like The Drifters. He says the fragility on those old recordings inspired the sound of his new album, Caustic Love.
 

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