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The Sunburn of Spring

  The anticipation of that first season of the year is strong in the north.  Sick of snow and the death of trees murdered by wind storm, we start by peeling off layers of thick clothes, heavy boots, and book our summer campsites.  There is no retirement party for winter although our ice carving festivals, … Continue reading

Wild Horses, Wild Life

  Wild Horses   Movies portrayed Black Beauty running through meadows without crushing flower, and it seemed everyone wanted one. I had a few original My Little Pony toys, ridiculous multi-colored manes, girl color bodies, and cartoon faces. Our fingers galloped them on carpet mimicking screeching neighs before dumping them for Barbie, a Care Bear, … Continue reading

The Grand Gendering of Life’s Activites

The satisfaction I felt this morning installing a printer driver on my Linux run laptop flowed through me like a champagne waterfall at a Kardashian wedding.  I had purchased a brand new laser printer just the day before with my own money and had carried the awkward beast to my car by myself, and then … Continue reading

The Path With Which Guides

  The Path With Which Guides December 22, 2018   The path with which guides is not linear like long flat highways unrolled between fields dotted with corn, expanding endlessly into future with certainty and expected yields recorded on spreadsheet. Dumb would be the man who banked on unchanging sunsets, the greenest of harvests, and … Continue reading

Theft By Living

Recently, I hunted down my childhood home on Google maps.  I didn’t recognize it at first as nearly every single stitch of shrubbery, several trees, and all gardens had been stripped from the property.  The building appeared pretty much the same but without the accents of living breathing plant material, it seemed alien and strange. … Continue reading

If You Lead, Someone Will Follow

Photo by Matt Collamer on Unsplash   I didn’t know it was World Kindness Day.  I didn’t know there was a World Kindness Day.  It seems rather silly to have all days that honor a vast array of things and this one in particular seems like a thing we shouldn’t have to be reminded of … Continue reading

Never Let Someone Else Determine You

This poem was previously published in the Blue Collar Review, Journal of Progressive Working Class Literature, Partisan Press, 2013.   The Asymmetry of a Rainy Wednesday   Two men in golf shirts laughed at me for giving a dollar to a homeless man on a bridge. “Young lady, do you have a ten?” one asked … Continue reading

A Hug in Time Saves 9

Reshared from my FB page earlier this week: Yesterday was World Mental Health Day. In 2009, I was diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder and I laughed. Within a single session of first meeting me, a Pine Rest therapist named it. After some thought and years of perspective looking at symptoms it fit. My first mania … Continue reading

Better Not Read

  If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.  –Lao Tzu In my undergrad studies, I was obsessed with the Holocaust.  The very first class I signed up for was an overview of the Holocaust that met on Sunday afternoons at my local community college.  I was 18 years … Continue reading

A Moment Deferred

Trauma rips words deep within leaving its victims alone. There is much to say but none of it human.   I survived a serious car crash last week in which my Toyota Highlander SUV was hit head on by a Ford F-350 Superduty traveling at 55mph through a red light.  Moments before impact, I was … Continue reading

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