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I feel my chest begin to tighten as you speak. The words are rattling around my head but not making contact. I can't even begin…

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Years ago I was sharing a house with friends. Lindy and Maica lived a life much different than mine. They were married at the time.…

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"Could I see you in my office, luv?" If Jerry hadn't developed an ear for the subtleties in Sue's cheery verbal delivery, he would have…

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My father used to take me on long drives to tell me things. Convince me of things. Tell me I needed to be nicer to…

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I try not to be negative. I try to be positive. I try independence. I try to be encouraging and uplifting. I try not to…

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Naked flesh. Chicken flesh. Chicken flesh with the skin on, with the skin off. Chicken undressed from its outfit of plaid shirt, denim overalls. Laid…

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A flash of grey crossed her vision through the window. "Pesky squirrels," she thought. Sophie took a sip of her coffee and pondered the garden.…

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Not long after we moved to San Francisco I became a member of the San Francisco Tap Troupe. Bruce had seen an ad at a…

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Bull Johnson was a failed man. He failed his son, Billy; he failed his daughter and he failed his wife. How could he have done…

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"Pay attention." The teacher's voice is clipped and sharp. The students' eyes are glazed. It's near the end of the school day and all they…

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[Ongoing story: brother James has found Merrill at the motel after he's relapsed.] I don't remember James showing up. But now he's next to me…

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When I was a kid growing up in San Francisco in the 1960's, I truly felt invincible, just like the gang I hung out with…

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