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Six days in the desert: Part 1

When I asked Hannah what she wanted for her twentieth birthday, she said, “I want to go hiking in Utah.” To my chagrin, I had never taken my kids on any real adventures out in the gorgeous wilderness that had been such an integral part of my youth. I decided to make it happen.

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Only two things money can’t buy

August is a hard month for gardeners. I once heard someone say that caring for houseplants was like botanical hospice. This is how I feel about my late-summer garden. Everything is suffering, dying really, and I am just trying to keep it all alive enough until the rain returns. But amidst all this death, there is one plant that thrives.

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Movie Review: Mustang

I often struggle with offering my opinion about foreign films because, well, they’re foreign. Not understanding the language and the culture makes it difficult for me to determine what I think of the writing and the dialogue — a critical aspect for me! “Mustang” is no exception. Nonetheless, I found the movie to be original, poignant, and powerful.

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Semi-empty nest

A couple of months ago, I took my little girl to another state and abandoned her there to live amongst strangers. At least that’s the way it felt. Another way to say it is that I dropped my 19-year-old daughter off at college.

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Movie review: Room for improvement

So “Room” is not going on my list of favorites. In fact, I would say I’m not a fan, despite Brie Larson’s shattering performance as a young woman held captive, who is regularly raped and abused and has given birth to her five-year-old son during her seven years living in a backyard shed. If this story sounds unpleasant, well that’s because it is.

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‘LIQOUR STORE PARKING’

I stood looking at the stenciled words marking parking spots in front of the store that had recently opened near our house. In cases like this, I enjoyed imagining myself as a rogue guerrilla editor, setting out by night with red spray paint in hand to correct error-ridden signage with proofreaders’ marks. I would be like an editing superhero, righting the many public wrongs of the written word.

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The care and feeding of pre-adult humans

I recently arrived home to find my son with a few of his friends in our kitchen eating what Eli referred to as “a snack.” A brief inquiry revealed that this snack contained nearly a dozen eggs and several pounds of “leftover chicken” (in actuality, the chicken had been prepared for a dinner planned for the following night). A few terse remarks on my part belied my urge to yell, “We can’t afford to feed any more teenage boys!”

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In praise of favas

I was heading into my third decade of life when I first had green beans that didn’t come from a can. I thought that there must be something wrong with them. They were so firm and crisp. I’m still embarrassed when I recall asking the waiter if they had been previously frozen. They simply bore no resemblance to the mushy, salty version I had grown up with.

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By way of introduction

I’m Ashly Moore Sheldon, a professional communicator, writer, and editor. My main obsessions include soccer, gardening, literature, and pop culture, though I am knowledgable and inquisitive about dozens of other subjects as well. Generally speaking, I like to be “in the know.”

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