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?
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What was I thinking? I was 15 years old and had moved with my family from the small town of Jackson to the […]

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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”
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A few weeks ago, my son and I sat on the front porch and watched […]

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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.
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We can’t believe our father has had a wreck. He is a […]

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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
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At one point, after we had grown up and moved away, we counted 28 children in nine houses on […]

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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
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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 […]

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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
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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 […]

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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
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The soil is really not warm enough yet, but who knows when it will be? It’s the nature of […]

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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
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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 […]

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The Middle Distance 4.15.11: The Ecstatic Moment of Freefall
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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 […]

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

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May 26, 2016 | NPR · The module known as BEAM can be folded so it takes up less room in a cargo rocket, and then expanded once it reaches space. Or at least that’s the hope.
 

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May 26, 2016 | FA · This weekend, an eight-hour remake of the 1977 miniseries begins airing on A&E, Lifetime and The History Channel. TV critic David Bianculli says the new Roots deserves to be seen and talked about.
 

May 26, 2016 | NPR · This week, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Elizabeth Hand’s gritty, punk-inflected Cass Neary mystery series. “Scary Neary” is an aging rocker with addiction issues and a talent for trouble.
 

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