“What’s that?” “Hm?” “In your hand?” She pockets the spark from your sight. She’s hiding something. Again. You back off. You adjust your cravat and smile. “Do you like your dress?” Advertisements

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Defying Expectations

She likes to watch her neighbor play catch with their dog on their front lawn — the demonstration of faith between human and canine soothing her soul. The dog is well trained — watches the ball, brings it back to the owner, places it at her feet. The dog knows the game. The dog does […]

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Does It Hurt Enough Yet?

In the literal wake of the tragedy at Las Vegas, I offer my condolences and thoughts. But, because I am a writer and lover of stories, I also offer a version of an allegory I once read in The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer:   “A farmer is sitting on his porch in a […]

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Coming Back

How sorely wrong Maria was when she thought coming back in her next life as a tree would be meaningful and fun. If only she had specified that she wanted to be an oak instead of a weird, bristly conifer. And if only she specified that she wanted to be planted in her old backyard […]

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