Linnea Ashley on November 30th, 2008

after the mile walk to the metro station in the cool morning, i was excited to see exactly what the metro would look like. transportation in various countries can be colorful. as efficient as south african khumbies are, they are a haphazard bunch of minivans typically held together with floss and a prayer. that said, […]

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Linnea Ashley on November 29th, 2008

stolid, behind the bustling streets and haphazard building of giza, the pyramids appeared through the gray haze of big city smog. they caught me by surprise. i think i expected more preparation, sand unfolding, crumbling rock, and then the grandeur. but the grandeur appeared from the standard city scene. and once we drove through the […]

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Linnea Ashley on November 27th, 2008

since my junior year of high school i have been obsessed with egypt. my history teacher had planned a two week trip for june that i signed up for in september. by may there had been a bombing in a tourist area and the trip was called off. the group went to greece and i […]

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Linnea Ashley on November 13th, 2008

i'm not sure what my addiction is to painful love. the awkward stuff. i guess my addiction is the nation's addiction. i can't be the only one keeping buffy and angel, willow and oz, angela and brian crackow, or the couple whose names i can't recall – from life goes on, on the air. (although […]

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Linnea Ashley on November 11th, 2008

the moon, almost full, hung gauzy in the twilight. the sun had crossed the horizon but darkness hadn’t regained her hold over day, though the time was close. i stopped for a moment, the car settling into itself with the usual groans and clinks, and looked up. in high school i would have called mark, […]

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Linnea Ashley on November 11th, 2008

To the Editor: Re “It Still Felt Good the Morning After” (column, Nov. 9): Frank Rich and many others are hailing the election of Barack Obama as something transformational in the American electorate — the breakdown of centuries of prejudice and perhaps the creation of a new center-left coalition. Certainly an event that many of […]

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Linnea Ashley on November 5th, 2008

“you’ll only know a world where this is possible,” I whispered to my niece. Less than a year old, she bounced and drooled on my lap as her mother screamed with joy in the background. Obama is president. For a moment my eyes stung with tears. But I smiled. Listening to him calmly and humbly […]

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Linnea Ashley on November 2nd, 2008

even the people who know me best…who I know best…only know as much as Is hare, I only know of them what I filter through myself. the last few years have been a test of relationships on every level. i spent my 20s learning who i am and i've spent my 30s reconciling that against […]

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