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Chop Wood, Carry Water

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:
We woke up and everything was different. Maybe we woke in the middle of the night, tried not to check our phone, checked our phone anyway, and spent the hours before dawn in…

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When I first met Fletcher

When I first met Fletcher he spoke a language that was as foreign as that thing between his legs. Not that thing (get your mind out of the gutter), his bike. It was sleek and lightweight, like no bike I … Continue reading

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So how am I?

So how am I? How am I, really? Now that I am exactly 2 years out from the start of my treatment, a time that felt like armageddon, its a good time to reflect on where things stand. I’ve just completed … Continue reading

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“♬ Julia’s Sweat Shop! Julia’s Sweat Shop! ♬”

“♬ Julia’s Sweat Shop! Julia’s Sweat Shop! ♬” Julia sang her little ditty as I huffed the goose down out of my nose. It clung to the dry skin on my fingers as I threaded the needle. A week earlier … Continue reading

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Last swim of the summer

In this concrete vessel of cool chlorination The water held me up, Tirelessly resisted my strokes From end To end And again. All summer, the early morning sun peeked over the trees And spilled daylight on my wet head. But … Continue reading

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What’s The Matter Here?

I drove around the corner, pulled up short and dialed 911. “Trenton Police. What’s your emergency?” “There’s a woman abusing her kid. Magowan Alley off Clinton Avenue.” “Tell me what you saw.” “She was in the middle of the street … Continue reading

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As summer 2015 unfolds I can’t help but think about last summer, 2014.

As summer 2015 unfolds I can’t help but think about last summer, 2014. “That Summer” was the theme of a writing contest I entered last July, right when I was in the thick of things. Pastemagazine.com’s submission rules invited me … Continue reading

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These are the ramblings of a middle-aged parent

These are the ramblings of a middle-aged parent, pondering what keeps me up at night: mostly concern about my children’s safety, welfare and happiness. As parents we try to protect their kids. Its what we do. When Julia was 10 … Continue reading

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“Good morning, gentlemen,” the waiter said to my husband and I.

“Good morning, gentlemen,” the waiter said to my husband and I. We’d stopped into a quaint little restaurant for second breakfast after my brain MRI this morning. “Er, eh, …Ma’m, sorry, sorry….” He attempted to recover when he heard my … Continue reading

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If I lay still nothing hurts.

If I lay still nothing hurts. I take Ralphie’s 2×3 memory foam bed and position it in the sunlight that bathes the kitchen floor. As I curl up there I hear Ralphie walk up behind me and feel him staring … Continue reading

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