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Common Sense Associated With Running More Miles Let me begin my letter by describing how my day began one recent Tuesday. I had decided to stop by Starbucks on my way to work and left my house around 6 a.m.…

Doug Gansler’s Beach Week Lesson

Without taking a position on the Maryland gubernatorial race or on the merits of Doug Gansler as a possible future governor of the state, I have had some thoughts about his presence at a party of underage people during “Beach…

College Applications: A Disclaimer

With the frantic and competitive atmosphere of college applications to the nation’s most prestigious schools, senior year is not quite the easy, breezy cap to high school that it is billed as. As a senior in Richard Montgomery’s International Baccalaureate…

Naptitude

As the world gets darker and more complicated by the day, we could all use some good news. I received just that while avoiding all the important things left undone in my world and trolling Facebook the other day. There,…

The Courage to Grow Old

Once again, I am visiting my parents at their home on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. I was here in August and so for this visit, there is a welcome coolness in the air. It is autumn. Yesterday, my father had…

First Person

Annual Angst Because I am first in line for the Mother of the Year Award once again, my son Reed just had his 10 year annual physical this month, a full four months after his actual 10th birthday. In recent…

O’Keefe’s Journal: Vacation Prep

Getting ready for vacation is like any other prep: It has to be dealt with and can be painful. My husband and I are preparing for a week away — we’re driving to Massachusetts, and the tension is rising. See,…

If I Do Say So Myself …

It is a stream of consciousness really, not an actual conversation. I hear my voice wafting through the air unrefuted, and there is some satisfaction in it. But there is mortification as well because I am unabashedly talking to myself.…

Knitting for Company

I always wanted to learn to knit but until recently, I didn’t think I could. Starting with my mother 40-plus years ago, and continuing over decades, four people tried to teach me to knit without success. After a teacher walked…