Author Archives: Banana

Do Clowns Make You Nervous?

Do clowns make you nervous? Does the thought of dining in this restaurant make you nervous? How many times do you drive by The Clown House before you go in and eat? I drive by it four times a day, Monday through Friday, to and from my daughter’s school. This means that I have passed […]

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Fighting For Me

You will see something you loved ripped down with sledgehammers and then pulled apart- piece by piece.  All things fall apart. Our hearts break. Our hopes get crushed. Nothing remains untarnished and untouched. I am a torn down building of broken dreams. My heart- a door barricaded with rocks and rubble. But I will tell you […]

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No Ban. No Wall. A Good Match For All.

Philadelphia is city filled with art. Art in its famous museums and galleries and also all over the streets.  I love snapping photos as I wander, and I love to wander.  Philadelphia is a self proclaimed “sanctuary city.” It has an invigorated base of citizens fighting for justice against what appears to be an emboldened […]

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Do the Hard Thing: A Study in Contrast

The Gritty Me: Don’t stop. The Other Me: I think I should just intersperse walking and running. The Gritty Me: You are going to intersperse walking and running- after you run for thirty minutes without stopping. The Other Me: Interspersing walking and running is very healthy. Probably better for me. The Gritty Me: This isn’t […]

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No One Will Ever Love You Like I Do

I had to laugh out loud at the final sentence of the letter. I found it crumpled up and clearly tossed aside.  It was tucked into a corner between the front of someone’s house and their steps. I hoped it was a letter when I saw the crinkled college-lined paper winking at me. I love […]

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Mandatory Minimums

I recently finished Piper Kermin’s memoir Orange is the New Black. It is a very honest book about the year Kermin spent in a women’s prison for a ten year old drug offense- one which she had long since buried in her past. The memoir is a journey of personal responsibility and redemption which highlights […]

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My Own Personal Resurrection

I failed at lent this year. I am no longer religious. I am no longer a practicing Catholic but I like lent. I like the concept. Lent requires that you do something difficult- that you give something up. I was supposed to decrapify my life by getting rid of a bag of stuff every day […]

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ISO- Dream Reader- “Oh Baby, Baby- Get Up On This”

Who am I drawn to as a person, as a reader*? The Dreamers. The Thinkers. The Makers. The Awkward. The Stylish. The Damned. The Struggling. The Vulnerable. The Irreverent. The Funny. The Driven. The Fearful. The Brave. The Unconventional. People in whom these seemingly disparate characteristics overlap and create tension. Above all though- I am […]

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A View from the Gerbil Wheel

Comments I’ve heard about the gym: “I hate the Gym.  I just can’t stand being on a gerbil wheel…. All of those people running to nowhere. I would rather be outside on trails, feeling the wind in my face.” Or “Ugh.  All of these people staring at themselves in mirrors. Yuck.” I get it. When […]

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Time is Slippery. Watch Your Step.

Today the streets are slick and wet and the sky is one enormous grey cloud. I am sitting in my car waiting for a spot in the gym parking lot. An occasional droplet of water slides along the glass windshield.  Across the street, on a rooftop ledge, sit a row of birds- pigeons. Black and […]

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