Stories & Poems & Thoughts (Oh My)

Playing in the Valley of the Green Giants

I was in the car, pondering my life and I thought, ‘It’s Labor Day weekend, the end of summer.’ A little sprinkle of joy made me wiggle my feet. The ...
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Important Safety Recall Notice

The world is a hot mess, more than usual. To misquote GOT’s Martin, ‘Winter is coming.’ The crazies are out in hordes tearing down the wall of our hard-won freedoms ...
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Lists of People

It has started again. My mother warned me. She knew how little it took to ignite hatred. An Austrian politician wants Jews to register to buy kosher meat. Jews to ...
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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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