A time warp

Star Trek fans more in the know than I noticed that Tim and I had Halloween costumes from two different generations of the Star Trek story. They suggested maybe we were a couple that played with time to meet up. Having failed to notice the different eras detail myself, I was claiming we were “Star Trek janitors.” I mean everyone has to wear the uniform, right, even the folks cleaning the toilets? But maybe these Star Trek geeks were onto something with the time travel suggestion. Look what I just found:

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Le Tour Eiffel

On the flight out, I enjoyed reading To Capture What We Cannot Keep, a fun novel set around the building of the Eiffel Tower. When I lived in Paris in 1996, I was way up on Montmartre and rarely made it over to Eiffel’s side of the city.

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On this visit, we enjoyed an afternoon walk to Trocadero where the structure, once disparagingly referred to as the metal asparagus, wowed us and a whole crowd of visitors.

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One pleasure of the crowd watching throughout the whole trip was noticing a clear demographic shift since 1996–way, way more people of color, both residents and visitors. It was such a treat to be back!

Maine Summer!

A random collection of shots from this beautiful Maine summer. Liam attended a soccer camp he loved (sadly no photos), Reid ran track, I painted walls and got us out to pick endless quarts of berries, and Tim (with generous help from Topher) built a tree house. We also moved back into our wonderful home!

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Reid and I watch as the adept woodsman Lucas takes down our pine.

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And we adults did manage some desk work. Liam and Reid had their picture published in The Washington Post (not the shot above, but one similar). It accompanied an essay I wrote about our family’s year in graphic novels. I also recently had an essay published in Slate about how Monteverde turned me on to climate activism.