It is her heart again
Feb 21, 2024

For months, Annie has been grieving and unsociable but working every day. On a ranch, no matter who you have lost, you don't stop working. It’s the only she socializing she does is in the mornings, when she puts the…

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It’s My Heart Again
Feb 21, 2024

My father, an avid amateur golfer, teetotaler, and sugar abstainer, calls me on a Thursday. Which immediately strikes me as odd because we talk every Saturday morning and text about college basketball games in between. I assume someone is very…

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Heart Again
Feb 21, 2024

A thick fog envelops the road and I wonder how anyone can really see--unusual, the dense air obscures red tail lights, the only beacon that a path through exists at all. The fog must lift, it always does. As the…

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It Is My Heart Again
Feb 21, 2024

“It is my heart again.” Once upon a time I might be sitting in one of my living room chairs, leg draped over the arm, reaching for trail mix or the cup of coffee I’d just made for us, us…

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NYE DR p2
Feb 21, 2024

I was sitting in the manager’s office, where a pillowy loveseat that eats guests and a whiteboard schedule of who’s coming when and learning what. The door was open. Dinner was imminent, and the beer on Marielle’s desk, my beer,…

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The Year I was Born, part 2
Feb 20, 2024

The next few years were fantastic. Things in India, Pakistan and Israel settled down. We all started getting televisions and washing machines. My dad came home on weekends and my mother would make spaghetti and meatballs, a dish he said…

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The Church of Jay
Feb 20, 2024

When we got back to the States, I was supposed to forget that my older sister had slept with my boyfriend, Jay. Ok, ex-boyfriend, but Jay and I had broken up several times, I might have gone back to him.…

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The way we lived
Feb 20, 2024

Growing up I was left to figure out what I saw in my family and translate the dialog that went along with everyday life. There was "us" and then there was everyone else. Whoever the "others" were (relatives, close friends,…

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We didn’t live that way
Feb 20, 2024

My husband and I were sitting in our friends' P. and K.’s lovely living room, in the lovely house that they have renovated again and again. The most recent update involved a fresh indoor paint job and the effort of…

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We DID live that way
Feb 20, 2024

We lived as if we had no cares in the world. WE adored spending money on things that made our life luxurious and fun and as a result we had a lot of fun living our life together. Paul was…

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We Didn’t Live That Way
Feb 20, 2024

My good friend told me, the other day, about a family trip coming up for her. She and her daughter and her grandson are flying to Barcelona to intercept the other grandson and his girlfriend, who have, incidentally, been hanging…

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9 PM in Cairo
Feb 20, 2024

It's nearing nine pm by the time we finally agree on Papa John's. Six pizzas for the 12 of us and our hired driver. Omar calls in the order. At 16, he's now shed sweet voice I remember picking up…

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