Tag Archives: Inspiration

The Gift

There was just one more gift under the tree, the small square box still wrapped in brown shipping paper, its top covered with silver tinsel and tiny flashing red, blue, and green bulbs. “Whose is that?” Michael asked. “It’s for … Continue reading

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The Old Farmhouse

I walked to the end of the property and waited. My backpack on one shoulder, a small carryon next to my feet. I looked back at the old farmhouse, a two-story, twice-restored home to three generations of Malcolms, once thriving … Continue reading

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The Long Way Home

“Hold the door, please,” I yelled, bumbling down the hall with a white box topped with my things—eight years’ worth of pictures, notepads, pens, hard candy, a light sweater I kept on the back of my chair, a dusty pair … Continue reading

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Remembering

There is an enchanting melody playing in my head: a symphony of sounds dancing on my eardrums. A composition: rhythmic, melodic. Wooden sticks knocking. Soft harmony, weaving in and out, tying notes in knots. Wind instruments shouting with squeaks and … Continue reading

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Find Me…Please! (1)

There was Jersey, Cincinnati, Denver, Seattle, Miami, California, and me, Dakota. We were being tied up in the back of the van, chained really. It was procedure. Every night on our way to meet with clients we were chained so … Continue reading

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Homestead (Between Breath & Suffocation Sec. 21)

Meridian sped down route 19. I looked out at the dying vegetation: sparse trees with their dry, grey branches; pale brown plants soft and mushy, sinking in surrounding soil; miles and miles of death covering wide open land with its … Continue reading

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Patterson County: Meridian (Between Breath & Suffocation Sec. 20)

I sat inside the bus terminal waiting. There were only a few of us sprinkled along the rows. Dim lights hung from the ceiling, sound far away waiting for the sun to rise. Cold slipped through our clothes into our … Continue reading

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Truth, Lies, and Everything Else (Between Breath & Suffocation Sec. 19)

With midterms looming, I immersed myself in study groups, went to every office hour, and spent long nights in front of my computer writing drafts I obsessed over until they were perfect. Frankie and I quizzed each other; terms, theorists, … Continue reading

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“People Call Me M.” (Between Breath & Suffocation Sec. 18)

I was second in line to speak with my English professor. I waited outside his half-closed door, his voice pouring out into the hall. “You had one week to complete this assignment. Why should I give you another chance?” Professor … Continue reading

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Moving on (Between Breath & Suffocation Sec. 17)

When we got back home there was a message from Dr. Davenport, “Call me as soon as you can…I have some information you might find helpful.” I stared at the phone, tempted to pick up the receiver and dial his … Continue reading

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