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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(“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
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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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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
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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 […]

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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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April 28, 2017 | NPR · Author Paula Hawkins was down on her luck when her 2015 book The Girl on the Train became a smash hit. Now she’s grappling with success and preparing to launch her followup, Into the Water.
 

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April 27, 2017 | NPR · Critic Andrew Lapin says this documentary about the New York Times‘ Obituaries desk is “a touching inquiry on the nature of public legacy amid the ceaseless march of time.”
 

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April 27, 2017 | NPR · A new documentary charts the long and loving marriage of a production designer and a film researcher; critic Scott Tobias calls it “sublime and inspiring.”
 

Music

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April 27, 2017 | NPR · Once Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn became famous as Sylvan Esso, they immediately felt the burdens of replicating their success. Three years after their electro-pop debut, they’re back with What Now.
 

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April 27, 2017 | NPR · Members of the Grammy-winning Chicano roots band Quetzal share an eclectic mix of what they’re listening to, from Palestinian rap to Morrissey and The Smiths.
 

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April 27, 2017 | NPR · Foster The People will return with its third, as-yet-untitled album this summer. In the meantime, the L.A. band has just released three new songs.
 

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