Category Archives: Beyond Smallpeace

A SoCal Kind of Christmas

In San Diego International Airport, rays of sunshine blast headlong into the baggage claim area, warming our luggage on the turnstile. As we descend the elevator into main lobby, we New Yorkers can’t help but feel like vampires—the light, the … Continue reading

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Surfing and Self-Realization

**Sorry for the silence, but I have been tending to my health and well-being with a long-overdue trip to my hometown of San Diego, where I had the most wonderful time visiting with family and friends. It should come as … Continue reading

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The Princess and the Deadly Pea: A Hopeful Ending with a Lesson

Here’s the thing about breast cancer: it has infuriating self-possession. When a lump decides to make an appearance, it does so on its own timetable, at its own discretion. Never mind that its unsuspecting host has much better things to … Continue reading

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Flaming Catus, Batman! Still No Bathroom?

Day 836 without a working bathroom. All right, all right, it’s only day eight. Still, it feels like 836. And is evidenced by all the dirty laundry I have been lugging around on the subway, we are officially living like … Continue reading

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LONG ISLAND CITY: A Life of Contrast

They had weathered the storm together, all four of them, neighbors in an old tenement building for nearly 20 years. All veteran residents of 9/11 and the blackout of 2003, they had learned from experience that being prepared was always … Continue reading

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Finding Smallpeace in the City

What makes us stop seeing? Why do we spend so much time looking forward to things instead of simply enjoying the moment? Here’s the thing, there is no excuse for not looking. None. Because there are so many things that … Continue reading

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A Proustian Adventure, a Turkish Delight

“She knew, though Edmund did not, that this was enchanted Turkish Delight and that anyone who tasted it would want more and more of it….”  —The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis I have often heard my … Continue reading

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Templebreedy: A respite for souls and sisters

We woke in the late morning with “thick heads” and drank our tea. The clouds on the horizon hung over the upper fields behind the housing estate in buoyant, dust-colored puffs. It was Monday in Crosshaven. In the days before, … Continue reading

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Crosshaven is for lovers

The day was set for Saturday, June 4. Saint Brigid’s Church was reserved. The reception venue, the Royal Cork Yacht Club, was booked. And every detail had been attended to, but for one: There was no telling how many prayers … Continue reading

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Cork, Ireland, here I come!

Cork County’s “Rebel County” moniker dates as far back as the 15th century, to the War of the Roses. More recently, however, Ireland’s second city has emerged as one of the top destination spots for tourists since it was named … Continue reading

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