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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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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The Middle Distance 10.14.11: Doin’ the Math

Much to my surprise, I have two sons who are math whizzes. They love mathematics and are both pursuing careers in math. Twenty-five year old identical twins, math is their shared language. When I asked one of them what he was learning when he was [...]

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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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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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News

August 20, 2014 | NPR · The Obama administration’s admission comes on the heels of the release of a video by the militant group known as the Islamic State, which depicts the killing of American journalist James Foley.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · The agreement follows a similar deal earlier this month with Barneys. Customers of both department stores said they had been targeted as suspects of theft because of their race.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · The mission earlier this summer, based on intelligence from released hostages, “was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location,” the Pentagon reported.
 

Arts & Life

August 20, 2014 | NPR · Daniel Kehlmann’s F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Starting Thursday, FXX will air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in the longest single-series marathon in TV history. Fresh Air listens backs to interviews with the show’s creator, writers and actors.
 

Music

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · To mark the apparent end of the Metropolitan Opera’s labor crisis, try a nerdworthy quiz — and learn a few quirky things about America’s largest performing arts organization.
 

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August 20, 2014 | WXPN · The Pennsylvania band performs a set of alternately (and simultaneously) fun and menacing rock ‘n’ roll on stage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · The guitar virtuoso seeks the endless jam at the intersection of Television and The Grateful Dead, taking a line from the former’s iconic “Marquee Moon” as a song title.
 

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