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Lisa K. Friedman
Lisa K. Friedman is a writer and essayist living in Washington, DC. Her essays appear in the New York Times and other publications. She is the author of Cruise to Retribution, and Nothing to Lose. You can follow her on her Tumblr, or on Twitter or Facebook. You can buy her books on Amazon here.

Entries by Lisa K. Friedman

Internet Addicts

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2015 | 10:24 PM

For a while, I've been complaining about people who overuse the Internet. People who walk across intersections while staring at their phones, or who use route guidance to get home from work even though they've practically carved a path in the earth marking the shortest route.

At first, only the...

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Weed Gardening

(24) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 7:56 AM

Last winter over dinner, a friend disclosed that she had something to share.

"Seeds." She leaned forward with her hands cupped over her mouth. "Marijuana seeds," she whispered. As if someone from the FBI was eavesdropping on our conversation from across the elegant restaurant.

She popped open an...

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Perfect Energy

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 6:16 PM

My writing room is six feet wide by seven feet long. I know the dimensions exactly because every week or so, I decide I can't possibly work another minute in here without changing the space.

I love to rearrange. Sometimes, I will get up during the night and move...

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Snakes, Snakes. Everywhere, Snakes.

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 1:14 AM

I am going to have to reorder my List of Fears and Nightmare Scenarios. All this time, I've been consciously focused on, and with wondrous success, sharks, sink holes, flesh-eating bacteria and cilantro. By worrying day and night, I've managed to remain virtually unharmed and uneaten.

I am a...

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Allegory Is My Nemesis

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 3:42 PM

Don't you hate allegory? Seems to me that allegory was created to separate readers into two groups: people that understand allegory, and people who don't.

I'm in the latter group. I'm a pretty experienced reader, and I feel fairly confident that I can absorb, with some regularity, an author's message,...

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The Maze of Facebook

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 7:50 PM

The strangest thing happened this morning. I went on Facebook, my modus operandi before starting work, and I saw a startling post. An old friend from my childhood, MK, liked a page advertising designer shoes at a discount. This was confusing to me, because MK died three years ago and...

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The Conversation Nobody Wants To Have -- But Should

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 7:17 AM

It's been over a year since my father's death. In that time, I've struggled to remember him as a well person. He was healthy for my first 45 years of life and yet, hard as I try, I cannot reimagine him as whole. So dramatic was the scenery of his...

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Melatonin Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 11:37 AM

Last night my oldest son called me on FaceTime and announced, "I'm engaged." This came as a great surprise because, as far as I know, he hasn't been seeing anyone. As I stared at the iPad screen, he tugged his monastic beard and leaned back, admitting a woman into the...

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Computers -- Starting Over

(2) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 7:18 AM

My computer is dying. It is sluggish while searching, switching between programs and completing tasks. Sometimes, it experiences a Parkinsonian-like freeze and we sit there staring at each other while waiting in silence for the uncomfortable episode to pass. Often, when I make a request, the little wheel spins and...

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Losing My Father, Losing My Balance

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 8:07 AM

Four months after my father's death, I found myself on a sailboat off the coast of San Diego. We'd planned the trip the year before, a four day cruise to Catalina Island and back on a beautiful boat with an instructor and food enough for a minyan. I thought a...

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Poison Ivy

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 1:19 PM

I was in the garden, conquering a year's worth of weeds when the thought crossed my mind: poison ivy. I should have stopped immediately and changed into appropriate poison ivy attire, like, for example, a full-body neoprene space suit. I'm highly allergic to poison ivy. I know this for a...

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Rookie Car Mistakes

(2) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 8:28 AM

I was driving home from the grocery store when I smelled something funny. I thought maybe something was burning. The gauges on the dashboard were clear, the car was not overheating or malfunctioning. Still, there was a smell. Was it tar? I checked the rearview mirrors for construction vehicles. Nothing....

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The Serenity Room

(4) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 6:49 AM

The End-of-Life meeting at the nursing home was held in the Serenity Room at noon. We were summoned, my mother and I, by the team who have been caring for my father for five years in the dementia ward. We showed up late, my mother and I, arm in arm,...

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Sailing, Sailing

(5) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 8:24 AM

As a spouse, it's important to remain open-minded when it comes to the ideas and suggestions posed by your partner. And so when my husband suggested we take a sailing course called 'Cruising,' I forced my face to assume a pleasant facade until he finished the pitch. "It'll be fun,"...

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Get Back To Work

(3) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 8:48 AM

It's the Queen of Procrastination here, coming to you -- live - - from the kitchen table which, I just noticed, needs to be wiped.

I am trying to get back to work. After taking a few glorious weeks off in summer, I thought I was ready to return...

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The Paint Job

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 6:04 PM

"The workmen are here," my husband informed me at 7 this morning.

This was not happy news. I had no intention of fixing up the house. I'd hoped to move before anything else broke, disintegrated or collapsed. But one recent night, with no provocation whatsoever, water started dripping from...

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Canned Tomatoes And Other Obsessions

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 5:52 AM

The pantry in any house is a trove of psychological data. Not as private as a medicine cabinet, the food pantry in many kitchens reveals some surprisingly intimate information.

My pantry, which is just a closet inside the back door, offers a kaleidoscope view of fleeting obsessions -- most...

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Kayaks Away

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 8:22 AM

We bought a kayak for my birthday. I was bestowed with the honor of choosing our new toy. I listened to the salesman describe the many facets of kayak design: tracking, cargo capacity, skegs and rudders, maneuverability, stability. After much deliberation and consideration I chose by the only really important...

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Killer Tiller

(8) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 8:20 AM

My dog is a murderer. According to the veterinarian, he is still a puppy and his traits are just beginning to show through; I am worried for the future of our biosphere.

Tiller is a beagle mix of indeterminate breeding. He swims, howls, digs, tracks and retrieves. He jumps into...

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Scooter In The City

(7) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 8:09 AM

My grown son called to tell me he bought a scooter. He lives in the city and has a job that requires on site appointments in multiple locations throughout the work day. Traffic in the city is impenetrable. He explained that a scooter allowed him to navigate the...

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