Stories & Poems & Thoughts (Oh My)

A Brit Celebrates 4th of July

As a Brit, most years I have mixed feelings about the 4thof July. But this holiday, I want to take a stand for patriotism. I want each person on this ...
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Insusurration (a 53-word love story)

He read Mark Strand poems into my phone. Masculine firmness mouthing each word. Susurrus of certain phrases. Listening, couplets tangled my hair. Stanzas vibrated my limbs. Entire poems enfolded my body. A ...
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A Pharmacy Nightmare: 1980s Contraception

So, there I was, standing in the bright Alabama sunshine, sweating enough with heat and nerves to have my tee shirt cling to my chest, clutching the two prescriptions in ...
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An Early Adopter: Contraception in 1980

It’s difficult to imagine, considering the amount I curse my computer, but I was an early adopter – an early adopter, never of computers but of contraception in 1980. Yes, ...
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Planes, Trains​, and Buses: Odyssey to Humility

It’s the new year, and off I went to see my sister in Chicago. I thought things were off to an auspicious start. I was PRE-TSA checked. But still, they ...
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A Friend's Story: When You Tell

I’ve sat on this for two weeks, but I’m ready to wade into the fray. With the permission of a friend, who feels it is now safe to share her ...
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Jamming My World

My forty-year-old Swingline stapler is jammed. I’ve stabbed myself in the thumb with a pair of tweezers, a pen, and now a knife trying to get it working again. I ...
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Ungraceful, Loud, and Grateful

Right now is a weird time for me. I'm in a new location, Texas with the cows, really huge horned cows, without access to friends in town, trying, really trying ...
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Teething: Fractured Grief

I restarted grinding my teeth at night. Like I did after Rod died. For years until my dentist started talking to me about a bite guard. A bite guard! I ...
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Dr. Nitwit's Car (Coursera #2)

This 200-word piece is the second assignment from Coursera using the ABDCE process. Again, it is fiction. (Little trolls, go away. Actually, you remind me of a grumpy smurf.) The ...
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