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Everything is in a name.

My mother and I share the same first name because of an argument my father won. One evening my step-mother shouted down the hall for me to come to the kitchen. She used a name she thought I should have. I turned to my step-sister. “What is she doing?” I asked. “She doesn’t like your … Continue reading

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Stealing the Silverware

She left my dad and me one fork. Maybe it was the third time she moved out. I can’t remember exactly. I was in the 5th grade, and she took all of the silverware except for the one fork. She took the pillows, too. She took Christmas presents. Another time she took the dining room … Continue reading

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You’d Never Know

Those thousand words could be any words at all. They could be lies. Wishes. A dead language. What words do you think are in this photograph? Quick–before I tell you and ruin the surprise. This is my mother in 1965 at the lake in front of my father’s house–the year she got married and three … Continue reading

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To Prevent Crying and Injury

Suggestion: When you decide to face the comments you’ve gotten on your novel, do so in a public place. Keeps the wailing and self-inflicted injury to a minimum. (Please note that the amazing friends who’ve given me feedback have made helpful and encouraging comments. I am grateful for their time and energy spent on my … Continue reading

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A Girl, a Man, and a Lie

“If I’d caught that boy doing that to my daughter, I’d have killed him,” he said. “But your dad’s not like that.” With that our neighbor looked me up and down and walked away. I was 10 and had no idea what he was talking about. I knew the boy in question. He was in … Continue reading

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Does God Get Writer’s Block?

The possibilities are endless. I could kill one of them. Make one crazy. Lose one. I already know I’m going to break some hearts. Such power! What to do with it? Do you think God had this problem? There’s was God, sitting up in heaven, tapping his fingers on a cloud, stuck in the plot. … Continue reading