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Work the Room

The women were in the kitchen. The men were in the living room. It was a wine tasting party and I was there because I was related to the hostess. Otherwise, I didn’t know these women. One of these women, an executive at Wal-Mart, was telling the other wives about how she screwed up her … Continue reading

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Throwing Dead Flowers

The flowers he’d given me were dead. I hated to shove dead flowers in the trash. So, I pulled all the petals off the roses and put them in a bowl. I stepped outside the apartment without my shoes and in my peasant skirt. A tree blocked the view of our upstairs apartment from the … Continue reading

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Gagging the World

A friend of mine sent me this quote from Annie Dillard. Publication is not a gauge of excellence. This is harder to learn than anything about publishing, and very important. Formerly, if a manuscript was ‘good’, it ‘merited’ attention. This has not been true for at least 20 years, but the news hasn’t filtered out … Continue reading

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It was just like a movie!

My step-mother told us to get ready for bed. My step-sister ignored her, but I changed and brushed my teeth. We were 10. “I’ve changed my mind,” my step-mother said. “We’re going to the movies.” “But I’m in my nightgown.” “It’s just the drive-in,” she said. “A triple feature,” my step-sister said excitedly and rattled … Continue reading