Oops

It happened. For the first time this year, I completely forgot to write a post. I missed one post earlier this year, but I knew I'd missed it. I was simply too tired to write it by the time I got back to my hotel and fell asleep. I tried to catch up over the next...

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I’m home again

Yes, I'm on my way home to New Jersey from my second trip to D.C. in two weeks, but that's not what I'm talking about. I spent the first two decades of my career, more or less, on dead-tree journalism. I bled ink and at times subscribed to two or more newspapers,...

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Make time for your friends

I had a decision to make tonight: Take a quick metro ride to see one close friend be honored for her work or take a 25-minute cab ride to the boonies to hang out with a friend and her nephews. It was an easy decision. My friend in the 'burbs has been fighting cancer...

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I’m not the only Amy

Anyone who's ever gotten an email from me may have noticed that I always sign them as "AmyV". There's no reason, really, for me to ever refer to myself as AmyV. Unless you know my history. Ooh, my "history." A lifetime ago, I worked at a dead tree newspaper called The...

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One time, I almost fell off a mountain

I was going to save this for later this year, mostly because I just recently told a tale of Ridiculous Amy Hiking Stories (a.k.a., that time I climbed through the ceiling of a lava tube), but it keeps coming to mind and obviously wants to be told, so I figured I'd...

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I don’t mean to get personal

I never blogged regularly from the start because I'm not all that big on sharing details about my family. I don't mention the boys' names on my blog here, and I rarely post photos of them - or their names - on Facebook, Instagram or elsewhere. Though I do post an...

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Watching my family from across the room

We're at grandma's this weekend. Spring Break started when school closed for the day yesterday. The boys pulled out the chess and checkers box and roped daddy and grandma into playing with them. I was in the middle of washing dishes when the young one asked for...

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Homage to a childhood favorite

I just (literally just) found out that Beverly Cleary is still alive. And 101 years old. I read a lot of Cleary's books when I was a girl. The Ramona Quimby series of books was wonderful. A young girl, considered a pest by her older sister (Beezus) and her sister's...

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The time I won a Judo trophy

Back in elementary and middle school, I took Judo at the local recreation center. I don't really remember what caused me to start taking it - probably that my sister took it, so it seemed like the thing I was supposed to do. I dutifully went one night a week and did...

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