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November 2011

Today I’m giving the free gift of music. All it costs me is an internet connection. All day, I’ve been posting songs on An Attitude Adjustment’s Facebook page for a special post-Thanksgiving soundtrack. The day after Thanksgiving is almost as good as Thanksgiving itself, as long as you keep far, far away from any retail […]


Christmas in November

November 21, 2011

I’m starting to become a rabble-rouser. Who am I kidding? I’ve always been. And what I’m particularly peeved about this time is—you guessed it—Christmas in November. Each year, it gets worse. Halloween passes and we see Christmas wreaths adorning the entrances to grocery stores. Music about snow and presents and drummer boys abounds in almost […]


The Thingamajigger Contest

November 17, 2011

So I didn’t win NPR’s Three-Minute-Fiction contest. If you haven’t heard of it, the goal is to write a dynamic story in 600 words, which is three minutes on air. For each round, a famous author selects a premise—this time, writer Danielle Evans proposed that one character come to town and another leave town—and chooses […]


Prescription for Autumn

November 13, 2011

Put on your headphones. Find Feist’s album, Metals, and hit play. (Then scroll down.) Walk out the door, down the steps onto the leaf-littered grass. Make a right at the end of your street.   At every corner, the trees gracefully flip their hair.  Walk until you reach the park.             Wander […]



November 11, 2011

  Second Birthday Two is the age of my first memory. My mother’s green robe around her like a coat as I lifted stubby fingers into the air.   I taught that to you– how to use your thumb like a wing, closed. Two fingers, a butterfly.   You, more than anyone, have shown me what […]


The Janarama Show

November 6, 2011

In college, I had a radio show. It was called The Janarama Show, and I was assigned a spot no other DJ wanted: Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 a.m. Yet as a freshman, I jumped out of bed those mornings, eager to play the songs I loved, to bring friends, to accept calls from listeners (a total of […]

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