Old Gals

I love that old gal, All skinny and dry. Eyes always worried, Smile upside down. The mouth of a disappointed child, Eyes that have seen hard things. That old paper birch out back, Stands all lonesome, Covered with brown, frowning scars, Gracefully bowing under winter’s weight of snow and ice. In …

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Palliatives

First come the drive-bys: “Everything happens for the best,” “There’s a reason for everything,” “You’re going to be just fine!” A kiss of pale hope, a spasmodic offering, Then a dodge back into complaisance And self-congratulation. Their offerings buds dried on the vine. The merest breath and they will crumble. …

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But we all do that…

Whenever I tell my friends about my struggles with ADHD, I get the same response–some variation on the litany, “But we all do that!”  I know they are just trying to make me feel better, but it does make me laugh. Sure, we all have a certain level of trouble with …

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Some books…

Lately I’ve been pulling some books off of the junior fiction shelves and finding them so wonderful. These books often have a depth of feeling and thought that might surprise you. These are now my go to ‘summer beach reads’, though you won’t find me on the beach, usually! I …

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Dear Girl

How beautiful my daughter is, as she bends her head over her book.  Her pale skin, her startling black lashes, her precisely cut profile lit all over by an aura of light.  Not a child, yet not a woman; just a silly kid, licking raspberry juice off her dirty fingers …

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