Inspiration

Reflections of September 11 and What I Learned from the Dust

This September 11 dawned much like that September 11, greeting me with a sun-filled, early- autumn, blue Connecticut sky. Crisp air, a good day for apple picking. Prior to that September 11, I would have expected tragedy to strike on a gloomy day, with heavily-laden clouds, as some distant radio droned out fearsome cello notes. But, like so many of us who were to puzzle, “But it was such a gorgeous day,” my expectations were about to change. It was […]

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Cheating at Cards and a Grandmother’s Unconditional Love

Cheating at Cards and a Grandmother's Unconditional Love

Imagine we could turn our lives back to exactly one moment and, once inside that instant, make a different choice. From that point, life would play out as it already has with just that small tweak. Where would we be? My first idea for this superpower took me back to age 16, to the day I cheated at Canasta, a family favorite card game. Of all the mistakes I’ve made, things I’ve regretted saying or leaving unsaid, and opportunities missed, […]

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Seven Reasons To Dislike Internet Lists

Seven Reasons To Dislike Internet Lists

That’s it. I’m officially suffering from list fatigue. Maybe you’ve felt the same way, too. Social media has been consumed by lists. And, yes, I will admit I’ve written plenty of them myself. Once word got out that lists encourage sharing and drive viral content on the web, it seems all writing, all virtual fact sharing and digital entertainment became decidedly list bound. I stumbled upon a New Yorker article that gave some rationale for communicating via lists. Apparently we […]

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Silence — A poem in prose

Silence -- A poem in prose

Silence. Or some whisperless part. The place between the ringing in the left ear and the ringing in the right, punctuated by the violent first gust of warm air through the heat ducts, crossed by a barking dog, then left. In silence. Scary. What falls in behind the quiet, lurks, drives us, needs to be examined, yet resists examination. Sit. Let scary silence bring forth that which shrinks so in the light of day. Demons, yet not. Derived from a […]

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