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The Obituary Project
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The Obituary Project

The Obituary Project is almost done. Most every participant has received her obituary. I say “her” because for some reason, almost no men signed up for the project. Only one. Not sure if that means anything. Two people asked me to make stuff up. Those were fun but more daunting. How do you write an … Continue reading

Living Past Birthdays
advice / cancer / death / happiness / health / life / love / Marfans / memory / mom / wishing / writing

Living Past Birthdays

In a few days, I’ll celebrate another birthday. This birthday will make me older than my mother (pictured) was when she died. She died when I was 21, and I remember one night (though it was probably actually many nights) failing to sleep and thinking about the future without my mom. In my dorm room, … Continue reading

The Halloween Chronicles
advice / death / fear / ghosts / life / memoir / memory / mom / student / writing

The Halloween Chronicles

Nothing scary is happening. Not yet, anyway. Oh, scary things lurk nearby, certainly. Ebola has come to my state. War wages in far too many places to list. Terrorists plot somewhere. Something you don’t expect waits right around the corner. But I’m sitting on my patio, glimpsing fireflies and listening to the whir of the … Continue reading

Advice Giving and Other Pains
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Advice Giving and Other Pains

I don’t like being asked for advice. I don’t want to be asked which job you should take or what you should do about a relationship. I have an opinion (I’m full of opinions!), but I don’t need more responsibility. What happens if you follow my advice and everything goes wrong? Blame is what happens. … Continue reading