Jennifer LaRue

I write it as I see it.

For years now I’ve posed a question to new acquaintances who I hope will become friends: If you had a choice, would you prefer to have a steady, stable life without a lot of major downs — but without the corresponding ups? Or would you rather ride a wild roller-coaster, experiencing plenty of downward spirals …

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Anyone who knows me knows I am sickeningly optimistic and cheerful and upbeat and always looking on the bright side of life. Anyone who knows me even better knows that’s a carefully cultivated habit, devised and adhered to by one of the most worried people on earth. Though the past five months have been trying, …

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I am flabbergasted on the daily. If anyone, stranger or friend, had told me in March that I’d be living in social isolation for months, maybe a year or more, well…. we all share THAT experience. But if that same person had also told me that the universe would deliver unto me a beautiful black …

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A chilling thought occurred to me: my beloved kitten, Bathsheba Everdene, by all rights should be living life as a stray under the porch of The Mark Twain House & Museum. This incredibly beautiful, unspeakably affectionate, shockingly intelligent creature could very easily have lived her life without having any of those traits recognized. But here’s …

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Did you watch HAMILTON yesterday? I sure did; I set my phone up on my tripod and watched from my hammock on the balcony last night. What a treat, and what good timing for such a treat. I was and am grateful for it and for opportunity to experience those amazing performances so intimately. (Though …

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