Author Archives: Karl Swedberg


[I read this aloud at the funeral service for my mom, Virginia Swedberg, October 29, 2022] The New York Times keeps a database of obituaries for famous people who are still alive. That way, when someone dies, they can just … Continue reading 

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Favorite emails of 2021

A couple weeks ago an email arrived in my inbox with the subject, “hi all.” I didn’t immediately recognize the sender’s name, but figured he might be someone I knew from my years working on the jQuery team, a notion … Continue reading 

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13 Thoughts about Matt

It has occurred to me that too often we don’t express our loving thoughts and memories of the most important people in our lives until it’s too late and we’re left standing in front of fellow mourners at a funeral, regretting what we’ve left unsaid

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Home Art Tour, Round 1

A friend of mine recently posted a picture of a painting hanging in her home on Instagram. She explained that a number of people had commented on it during zoom meetings, so she thought she’d provide some background information. When … Continue reading 

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3 Songs that Lift My Spirits

If, like me, you’re struggling with anxiety over the coronavirus or filled with despair over our political situation, I hope these songs will bring you joy.

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100 Lattes

Even though I’ve made thousands of lattes over the past 25 years, both for myself and for others, I’ve never come close to mastering latte art. Some days as I pour the velvety-smooth milk over the espresso, it takes on … Continue reading 

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Of all my character flaws, the one that bothers me the most is the way I easily succumb to inertia. Sometimes, I tell myself, this inertia isn’t so bad. Routine and ritual can be healthy, right? When I find something … Continue reading 

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Keeping Tabs

Some people have a hard time getting rid of things in their houses or apartments. Some people let their email inboxes pile up. One such person, whom I know and love dearly, has both of those problems—with hundreds if not … Continue reading 

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Three things I noticed

Like most technology-addled people these days, and especially those who share the burden of AD(H)D, I find my mind flits around a forest of ideas without ever alighting on a single branch. Still, occasionally something seems so compelling, whether attractive … Continue reading 

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Old Obsessions

Sometimes it’s hard to let go. For a few years after I stopped teaching English, I kept a section of this site dedicated to writing-related topics. Somehow, people from all over the world found what I had written and started … Continue reading 

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