The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

I used to know someone who seemed to delight in crushing others’ dreams. When I was young, she approached my mother, all concerned, because I talked about wanting to be a teacher, when the week before I wanted to be something else. My mother responded, “She’s a kid. She’s supposed to try different ideas on …

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Many years ago I helped a friend fold a thousand origami cranes for someone who had a brain tumor. I’ve always found the Japanese legend of the thousand origami cranes to be delightful. Some say that they will bring you good luck, or a long life, or restored health. Most believe that you must fold …

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I was sitting in a crowded little theater, waiting for a friend to do his one man show, and I was chatting with another friend. Someone asked us how we met, and my friend said, “She was advertising for friends, so I applied.” It’s true. During my first storytelling experience, in front of a crowd …

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I was thinking about this on the drive to work today. In America, we tend to encourage people to pursue their dreams, but what if everybody did that? This country would be full of rock stars and football heroes and presidents. I suppose that wouldn’t be a bad thing entirely, but the competition would get …

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One of the many perks of being a bridgetender is that you get to watch a lot of movies when things are slow on the river. Tonight I watched the Bucket List with two of my favorite actors, Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. For the uninitiated, it’s all about writing a list of things you …

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