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Forever Changed

My son missed the bus. It was his second year in high school after having been home schooled since fourth grade. I was still homeschooling my two younger children. I would have to wake them up early to drive him … Continue reading

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The Defiant Pen

Three gifts for today. . .     274. geese on open water in late November         275. a son’s safe journey home             276. the soft weight of a thousand prayers pressing in through the stitches of a            … Continue reading

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Phlox of Patience

“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”~Winnie the Pooh It’s the middle of August. The garden phlox are out in abundance. When they were still growing tall and before they flowered and unleashed their glory, a friend … Continue reading

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No Snow Birds

(This story was published in The Green Mountain Trading Post on August 23, 2017.) It’s misleading for people who only come up here one week a year–Fourth of July week. Everything’s pretty and blooming and green, temperate and comfortable. Gentle … Continue reading

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Quiet Keyboards

Writing was more of a sensory experience when I was younger than it is today. In middle school, I would use a pencil (a pen if I was lucky) and write notes in a paper notebook. After filling a page, I’d turn it to … Continue reading

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Of Reeds and Strings and Other New Things

I’m learning violin. I’m forty-six. I’ve never played an instrument. Why now? I’ve always wanted to learn violin, and one day this very instrument made its appearance in my life as if to announce It’s time. I had heard violin was … Continue reading

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Vanilla Days

(This story was read at the Litchfield Writers Guild Coffeehouse, June 14, 2017.) My college roommate dated a guy who would only eat smooth ice cream. No walnuts, chips, or chunks. John’s reasoning was he didn’t want roadblocks intruding on … Continue reading

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