character backstory (from yesterday’s story start)
Feb 28, 2024

When Steffi was a little girl, 5 or 6, her mother worried because she would play outside all day with other kids in the cul de sac. When they went home to lunch, and she was always invited, Steffi just…

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Time was good to them
Feb 28, 2024

Over small plates at an office happy hour yesterday evening, Tamika, a co-worker of mine, was describing her parents' last few years together before her father passed away last December. She told me their story after I offered my condolences,…

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Light In The Marble
Feb 28, 2024

Time has been good to very little in our work-a-day world, since it tends to "blear and smear" all that is physical (I'm getting sort of Gerard Manley Hopkins in this language), and as for Time's influence on the thoughts…

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Living up to the family name
Feb 28, 2024

At a performance space Berkeley, a friend took the stage and told a story that included a bit about his childhood – he started smoking in second grade. after the show, I told him, “You are the only one I…

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Good Times
Feb 28, 2024

Jessica leaned a little further out over the stone bannister that ringed the terrace outside their room. She took in the garden party unfolding below them and laughed. "Time has been good to them. They've survived scandal and financial ruin,…

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Acceptance
Feb 28, 2024

It was New Year’s Eve, five minutes to countdown, and although they had said they didn’t care, there were champagne glasses on the coffee table in and a bottle unopened from the previous year. The grandfather clock ticked irregularly, just…

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We’re Better Together
Feb 28, 2024

I have two personas. One is named Mary Lane Cryns. Mary Lane is the responsible persona. She is the name I use at my job and she gets things done. She is careful and meticulous and organized. Some of her…

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Turtle
Feb 28, 2024

What does a turtle Know?--Many seasons, many struggles Now she lives

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Thursday
Feb 28, 2024

It's Thursday and we've mostly resigned ourselves to leaving without getting Hani, Ramiz and Lana to safety. Letting go of hope is a necessary survival skill. /Hope is an aberration in this deserts of Gaza. I feel like we're scratching…

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Time Has Been Good to Them
Feb 28, 2024

“Time has been good to them.” Or so we think. Or so we might even say, noting a friend’s good complexion, full head of hair, solid and flexible body. We make a remark about their physical endurance of time. We…

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The Time Has Come Today
Feb 28, 2024

I love them despite their faults. They are maddening in their inability to take care of their own legal, financial, and relationship issues. But they are my parents and, overall, time has been good to them. They are physically healthy,…

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