Christmas in the calm. yes, it's possible.

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On December first, I said a prayer. It wasn't a prayer for the homeless or the hungry or PeaceOnEarthGoodwillToMen.  It was a prayer for me, and only me. Selfish, I know, but I needed it.  And so I said it. I [...]

I just finished reading “Wonder.” now excuse me while I go cry my eyes out.

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You read it, didn't you? You cried your eyes out, didn't you? I did.  I read it.  I loved it.  I cried my eyes out. Don't be fooled by the simplicity of this story; Wonder is a book for the [...]

Sometimes I fall down. And this is not a metaphor.

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What I mean is:  sometimes I fall down.  Hard.  On my face.  Or my knees.  Or my bum. I think I fall down more than I should.  I mean, the only people who fall down on a regular basis are, generally speaking, [...]

Really, why try?

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Today my darling sister, bless her darling heart, sent me a link to Narrative Magazine's Fall Story Contest.  She'd received an email advertising the annual contest and thought I might be interested. Interested?  Um, yes.  And flattered.  To send me such a link, [...]

I should have been Latina. No offense, Danish. I still love you---oops, like you. (We Danes don't get too passionate.)

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So Halloween night, after the big church party and chili cookoff was over (I didn't place, oKAY?), after the last trick-or-treater left and my own trick-or-treaters were finally asleep,  after the magic and the mystique and the makeup had worn thin, I closed my front [...]