Monthly Archives: June 2021

What’s Important

The word “No” was on the tip of my tongue as my friend, Miranda, looked over at me with sad, pleading eyes. “Fine,” I said. “But I have something to do a little later.” “Thank you, thank you, thank you,” … Continue reading

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Hold on to Me

It was a Wednesday morning. Priscilla was in the laundry room looking for her favorite socks. Charlie was in his high chair eating Cheerios and banana slices. Tim was in the shower singing The Beetles’ Come Together, loud and off … Continue reading

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Everything Else

During my parents’ divorce, I lived at Eastside Village with my grandmother, a woman I barely knew and who knew even less about me. “Well, okay then,” is what she said when my Aunt Joanie dropped me off and told … Continue reading

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Into the Unknown

We decided to go to The Spring Chicken for lunch to celebrate Alicia’s promotion, Jasmine’s engagement, Celeste’s move out of her mother’s house, and my ongoing search for the perfect state job and my newfound peace with The Walking Dead … Continue reading

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The Good in Life

It’s quiet at first, sneaky and encompassing like the sky, like skin. Arriving sometime after dinner but before bedtime, it unfolds inside stillness. The windows I had closed, the programs I had shut down reopen, and my mind reaches for … Continue reading

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Little Crusaders

Our trip into the city was impromptu, born out of the excitement and angst we were feeling after completing our last day at the Little Crusaders Day Camp, where for eight weeks we had chased little kids around the playground, … Continue reading

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Soar

A letter from Bradley Morgan arrived a day before Betty’s 84th birthday, so I put it in the mail organizer in her kitchen and went about making deviled eggs, chicken and fruit salads. I expected her to grab the mail … Continue reading

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Watch Over Me

I knew her as Nettie, a nickname she gave herself after years of people mispronouncing her name. She was my neighbor for four years in the brand new apartments on Center Way, the ones standing alone between two empty lots, … Continue reading

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Worry-Free Spaces

After a weeklong heatwave, cooler weather brought people out of their air conditioned homes, into parks where their children could run without the risk of heatstroke, touch the surfaces of playground equipment that days before would have caused third degree … Continue reading

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The Way to Safety

A white cake sat in the middle of the table; on either side were bowls of chips and punch, trays of fruit and veggies, cookies, cheese. The conference room was packed with people I knew well and spent time with … Continue reading

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