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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(“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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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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In this episode of the The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn meditates upon an unexpected totem.

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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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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn talks about the two ways we tell our stories.

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The Middle Distance 3.24.11: “The Best She Could”

She did the best she could. This catch phrase, this sodden cliché used to rankle me. It reeked of insincerity, of implied failure. It felt like an apology for a life poorly lived. At least that’s how I heard it when I was younger [...]

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn looks back at her encounter with Hurricane Ike in light of recent events in Japan.

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([Colorado Springs Airport] by Myron Wood, August 1966. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, courtesy of Special Collections. Image 002-2635.)

The Middle Distance 3.11.11: Postcards from the Past

She cannot remember the leaving, only the coming home.

 

For nearly a year she had prepared for this journey. She’d saved enough money [...]

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