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Offbeat Divorce Part 2: Advice for separating couples

By kate on May 4th, 2011

This is the second of two posts I originally wrote forOffbeat Bride. As I said inOffbeat Divorce Part 1, my marriage failed. After a period of struggle, we decided to separate (and have since divorced). The separation process was also fraught and sometimes felt impossible, but I got through. Here are a few things I […]

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Offbeat Divorce Part 1: Advice for struggling couples

By kate on April 27th, 2011

This is the first of two posts I originally wrote for Offbeat Bride. Hi, my name is Kate and I failed. I had a somewhat offbeat wedding, was married for 8 years, ultimately failed at it, and got divorced. I’m starting this way because it’s not something you hear people say very often. After a […]

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A Sad Announcement

By kate on November 12th, 2009

[Also cross-posted to Steve’s blog at] Steve and I would like to share some sad news: we are separating. For almost two months, we’ve been doing a trial separation while (mostly) staying in our house, staying in separate rooms and switching off weekends as we figured everything out. At this point, it looks pretty […]

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Simple Gifts

By kate on January 20th, 2009

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free ‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be And when we find ourselves in a place just right ‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight. ‘Tis the gift to be gentle, ’tis the gift to be fair ‘Tis […]

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Suspended art fascinates me

By kate on January 4th, 2009

This week, I finally had a chance to visit Lawrimore Project, a great contemporary art gallery here in Seattle. I was contemplating Nightmoves, by Michael Simi, which is a large circle of suspended figures that plays eerie vocal music. It reminded me of a piece of art I saw in 2004, Cosmos by Boris Achour […]

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Putting it all together

By kate on May 9th, 2007

A colleague of mine, upon reading something I wrote on my website several years ago, referred to it as a “blog post”. Suddenly, something clicked in my mind and I realized that most of what was on my website could be considered blog posts. This may seem obvious, but it never occurred to me because […]

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Kate needs…

By kate on October 18th, 2005

I don’t do memes very often, but this one from Molly sounded fun. Do a Google search for “Kate needs” (insert your name instead) and give the top results. Like Molly, I chose some of my favorites instead of the top ones. Interestingly, several of the top results were for other Kates posting this same […]

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Birthdate Personality thing

By kate on April 29th, 2005

I don’t usually get around to doing those online quizzes, personality tests, etc. (Generally I’m too busy at work.) But I happened to click on this one from cerebralcrunch and found it startlingly accurate:   Your Birthdate: September XX With a birthday on the XXth of the month (X energy) you are inclined to work […]

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My Livejournal Name: Copycat Jones

By kate on October 26th, 2004

(Taken from cerebralcrunch – I couldn’t resist.) 1. YOUR PORN STAR NAME: (Name of first pet + Street you live on): Emerson Ninth 2. YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME: (Name of your favorite snack food + Grandfather’s first name): Twistie James 3. YOUR FASHION DESIGNER NAME: (First word you see on your left + Favorite restaurant): […]

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Hi bandwagon, I’m Kate

By kate on April 5th, 2004

A lot of journalers like to do that thing where they pass around these sets of questions and all answer them, as a way of sharing about themselves. I haven’t been motivated to do one before, but I saw the one below in yruugrrl‘s journal today and found the questions a particularly intriguing slice-of-life. So, […]

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I had nothing to do with this

By kate on March 17th, 2004

Two weeks ago, Steve and I were in a Brooklyn, New York bar with friends and we discovered this fascinating bit of graffiti in the (unisex) bathroom: None of us could fully understand it, but I was pleased.

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My Inkless Tattoos

By kate on December 3rd, 2002

In April of 1999, I got laser eye surgery (you can read about that here). Letting a doctor scrape at my eyes took some degree of bravery, so I wanted to commemorate it with a ritual of some kind. I searched around for just the right idea, and finally hit upon the idea of an […]

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My Second Marriage Proposal

By someone else on June 22nd, 2001

It was a pretty nice day, sunny and warm, and I didn’t really have any more preparations to make, so I decided I would do it. Under the pretext of showing you the city, we made plans to do some driving that evening. I had the ring already – in a design that symbolized how […]

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My Second Hike

By kate on May 27th, 1999

I didn’t intend it this way, but the next hike opportunity I got after my first hike was to hike on Mt. Rainier, from Paradise to Camp Muir. This is a four-and-a-half-mile hike that begins at a 5000-foot altitude and ends at 10,000 feet. Before the hike, I was really nervous. Would I be able […]

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My First Hike

By kate on February 12th, 1999

I chose the Tillamook Head trail in Ecola State Park, Oregon, because Sidewalk’s review promised “views of the roiling Pacific foaming over jagged, rocky headlands, with a pinch of salty breeze and a hint of history accompanying every step.” I’m always up for hints of history, but what I was really after were some dizzyingly […]

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