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The Spring Playlist 2017

I keep thinking about this artist I heard about who took a Polaroid a day for 18 years. He died of cancer in 1997. People write in now with events in their own lives that occurred on the dates of the pictures. This is what it looked like someplace on the day I was born.…

The Winter Playlist 2016

The last few weeks, I have been asking people to tell me what their favorite Christmas songs are. It can be kind of interesting to hear about, actually. Whether or not I ever tell those I’ve interrogated, I am always, always categorizing their responses. I find the people I get along with best respond with…

The Autumn Playlist 2016

Something to remember: delicacy is not equivalent to frailty. Down the steps and through a patch of trees by the river, there is a secret garden in Minneapolis that somebody tends to. Whoever does this: thank you for actively putting more beauty into the world that I can incidentally encounter. Since the last playlist we…

The Summer Playlist 2016

Normally, I’m not super supportive of bargaining, but I totally made a deal with these flowers recently. I had gotten them for somebody else, and I wasn’t going to be able to get them to that person for about 48 hours, and I was frightened of what my ungreen thumbs and their kiss of death…

The Winter Playlist 2015

Man, the things that happen to us. I’m sorry, how is it suddenly the middle of December? It has been a strange, winding, whirlwind sequence of events. The kind that has made me feel like Hannah on Girls, eating bread I have done stuff to and collecting weird stories, like adventurous women DO. And it’s…

The Autumn Playlist 2015

It’s been a few months since the last playlist. I suppose that’s obvious, isn’t it? I do post them with the start of each season, after all. Maybe this time around I am focusing on the time that has passed between playlists because it has been significant. The last playlist I made for you was…

The Summer Playlist 2014

Ahhhh, summer. The best time of year. Heat, humidity, pools, grills, sunshine, the scent of freshly mown lawns. But I know what you’re thinking: I am late. Summer solstice was days ago-as was my birthday-and both came and passed us by, and I didn’t even give the slightest acknowledgment. It’s been a busy week or…