Author Archives: alanajoyski

About alanajoyski

Project manager, problem solver, chips fan.

All Soul’s Day

I have been drowning in ghosts for a year. Ghosts of beloved friends, ghosts of my own. Even ghosts to come (God, Dickens was a weirdo, but so smart.) My in-laws visited recently and I blurted out a gruesome ghost … Continue reading

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Goin’ Up Yonder

Several years ago my husband observed that—for an only child—I still always have a brother. That guy I can trash talk with/at, who lends me tools or music, and who probably feeds me pancakes. Last week two different old friends … Continue reading

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Snippets From Day One

Captain’s log, Day One of Summer 2019 “You should have told me to bring a snack.” “Let’s have a spa day.” “I’m really hungry!” “When our dad died we lived at a different address.” (This from another child, from the … Continue reading

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I Gnome Me

The theme of this week is avoid work by creating more mess. Yesterday it was baking for the first time this year to avoid finding our office desk. Today it’s avoiding porch clean up with felt, in seven easy steps. … Continue reading

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Can You Hear Me?

Last weekend I finished day 87,000 (okay, 15) of antibiotics. Everyone in the house got a head cold, but my body got funky. So creative and dramatic it required a second round of antibiotics. Some time at the beginning of … Continue reading

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How’s School?

Good? As we’ve hoped and predicted? It’s left me untethered, which is a word my blog software doesn’t recognize, so that makes two of us. The people in my life, near and far have been amazing. Checking in. Treating me … Continue reading

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Favorites 

The past week The Child hit up whatever he wanted to do with his friends. Last week of summer! Children’s museum. Trampoline park and shakes. Catch Air (and indoor play area), twice. We had around 15 families from play group … Continue reading

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Six Easy Steps Toward A Perfect Kindergarten Lunch Box

Step 1: Ask around about lunch containers. Get told by oodles of people to go for the billion dollar solution, because, “Really, it lasts for years.” Step 2: Agree with longevity and quality argument, but refuse to buy the container … Continue reading

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A Letter I Stopped Writing To My Immigrant Grandmother

I attempted to write a letter to my grandmother, who escaped Serbia after World War I. My post was meant to apologize to her. And to her sister-in-law, who only ever hinted at the raping of her German sisters during … Continue reading

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My Knife

I like this guy who’s here from the gas company, replacing our gas meter. I appreciate anyone who comes into our home, because it’s always an adventure. Of course he has to cut into our basement closet wall, so that … Continue reading

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