Commonplace

seeking the story in the ordinary

  October is anticipation, and arrival, and a letting go, a leaving behind.* 1 a local boat tour 2 a family soccer game in the backyard 3 the perfect turn of phrase 4 pumpkin pie 5 rediscovering Counting Crows 6 celebrating someone you love 7 a full house 8 long talks late into the night …

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September is promise and possibility.* 1 this Nate Ruess song 2 the common kindness of a store clerk 3 a long drive between two places you love 4 coming home 5 discovering a favorite red wine 6 going shopping in your own closet 7 staccato conversation amid chasing children 8 receiving a book in the …

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August is an ending, a reckoning, a coming to terms with what was and will be.* 1 cleaning your ear with a Q-tip 2 being among your people 3 rediscovering an old CD and still loving the songs on it 4 reviving your vegetarianism 5 havdalah 6 having the village it takes 7 beginning a …

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In this thick middle of the summer, time folds over onto itself, and everything feels at once new and nostalgic…* 1 when your children love the children of a dear friend 2 debriefing after a dinner party 3 neighbor kids cutting through the yard to come play 4 a poetry acceptance 5 uncontrollable belly laughter …

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A sudden arrival, a shift, a half year nearly gone. A pivot that reminds how swift the passage of time.* 1 wine & s’mores night with the neighbors 2 a new piece of writing in progress 3 late afternoon light through the upstairs window 4 small town farmers’ market 5 a kind, intuitive waitress 6 …

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