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OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT OUR CHILDREN…

Call me Saint Francis of Suburbia. My back yard is an official Natural Habitat. It’s easy. Go online, check off: Feeders, Water, Trees, and the like, pay $25 (yard flag) up to $100-plus (a bronze plaque) I went with the … Continue reading

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MENTAL ILLNESS – a mother speaks

I’m crying as I write this. This past Easter Sunday – visiting hours at Peachford Hospital. I am alone. My son, 26, unshaven, shaking, in flip-flops and torn clothes he slept in, sits alone at a table, peeling a tangerine. … Continue reading

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HOW TO STOP WORRYING AND EMBRACE BEING ALONE (even on your birthday)

“Since I gave up all hope, I feel so much better” – anonymous   I write this on my 61st birthday. I chose to be alone, and fled to the wilderness. Rather than dancing at a drunken Bacchanal or a romantic … Continue reading

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BRIEF CANDLES – AN HOUR ONSTAGE

At the end of life, the very old shrink into child-size imitations of the towering adults their children knew. Not my parents, I would have thought as a child, if I’d ever imagined such a thing. Not my parents. Those … Continue reading

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Dreaming in Color

I dreamed that all was yellow inside their windows a pale meringue light beamed in summer kitchens morning, forever, morning Girls in sweet sun-frocks twirled lemon-laced skirts for buttoned-up, tucked-in boys The sweet-acid taste of first loves hover above, yet … Continue reading

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Happy Birthdays

THEY SAY IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY   April 12, 2014  Dear Hearts – Today is my 60th birthday. Sixty. Yikes! I remember in my youth, thinking…how does anyone that old go through the day without going insane?        I’m … Continue reading

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