Stories & Poems & Thoughts (Oh My)

Coursera: The Coffee Clutch

I signed up for a course on Plot in Fiction through Coursera and can't figure out how to post my assignments. Running up against many web walls, I decided to ...
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Sheep, Stepfamilies, and The Brady Bunch

Last night, I was flipping through the channels and saw an advert for the TV series, The Brady Bunch. The last time that I thought about the show was when ...
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An Imperfect Mother

Most of my readers know about my ambivalent relationship with my mother. She was so many things – ill, sad, and abusive, but also independent, feisty, and in her very ...
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Yoga, Cows, and A Texan

Saturday I had an urge, an almost unable-to-resist urge, to run someone down using a Ford Focus … The car had a few dents, and I had a fleeting thought ...
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Fear as the Dark Mother of Moving

Yes, I am moving to Texas – the land of big hair and blue eyeshadow. I know, I know. But it’s my fear after spending ten of my formative years ...
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Words for Int'l Women's Day

I didn’t know what the term meant – I don’t say things like that. As most of my friends and colleagues and a few attorneys know, I have been stalked, ...
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Valentine's Day – To Sit or Not

Valentine’s Day. Well, what can you say? I woke up this morning to find my stalker, yes, I think of her as mine, had enlisted her husband to harass me ...
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American Citizenship-The Price

When I was 17, I chose to become an American citizen. Immigrating with my family at 13 to Alabama from a private boarding school in Scotland was difficult for my ...
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Back Pain, Sex Books, and Responsibility

         I did something bad, really painful to my back yesterday in yoga class. The muscles in my lower back seized tight like I had been digging ...
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Cookies for Everyone

“No more penises!” I yelled at the teenagers. They rolled their eyes, of course, and kept on with their little tubes of icing. “These are going to priests and rabbis,” ...
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