Articles written by: "Ainslie"

The Compass Rose: Talking to Strangers

July 14, 2009 by Ainslie Jones Uhl

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In the newest installment of her column “The Compass Rose,” Ainslie Jones Uhl writes about California’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage, her own civil marriage in Brussels, and how random conversations with strangers can yield unexpected, important insights.

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The Compass Rose: Living Incognito

June 24, 2009 by Ainslie Jones Uhl

Our new San Diego neighborhood.

One of the more surprising perks of our relocation from North Carolina to California has been the thrill of complete anonymity. I did not think I would ever see this as a benefit, but now that I have gotten past the loneliness, I luxuriate in obscurity. I can take my morning walk without putting on […]

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The Compass Rose, Part Two: There’s No Place Like Home

June 3, 2009 by Ainslie Jones Uhl

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After a number of days of power outages and telephone disconnects, I finally got through to our son, Hart, whose 21st birthday was in early May. He has been studying at The American University in Cairo this year and communication with him has been a challenge—disruptions in the techno/electro grid made the birthday call a […]

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The Compass Rose: View from the South Wall

June 1, 2009 by Ainslie Jones Uhl

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The house sat facing the street, on a gentle grassy slope punctuated by liriope and ivy. The curving stone wall which graced the front boundary and each side of the driving entrance had been built over several months by Paul, a master stonemason and artist who had grown up in the Blue Ridge Mountains; Paul […]

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