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Dishwashing Therapy – the Secret to Happiness?

Dishwashing therapyDishwashing therapyThe party had ended, the guests gone home. I flicked on the light in the kitchen, and immediately wished I hadn't. Dirty dishes sat everywhere ...

Lipstick and Cigarettes

beautiful lipsbeautiful lipsJennifer was beautiful in every way I felt plain. She flowed through the room on her ballerina toes, enveloping all in her path; I faded into the wallpaper. Three years older than me, she walked with grace and poise while I tried not to trip ...

Weaving Memories, One Stitch at a Time

made with lovemade with loveShe pulled a brown, nubbly ball of wool from her bag and wound it around her bent and twisted fingers. Then she told me to open the basket and choose a color. I lifted her offering onto my lap and felt as though I'd been thrown into a colourful, wool paradise ...

My Grandpa's Garden

My Grandpa's GardenMy Grandpa's GardenI grow my poppies for Grandpa. He never owned his own house or grew his own garden, but he adored how the fragrance of orange blossoms caught a person off guard ...

A House Fire Reveals a Community

concern for our neighborConcern for our neighborSome people on my small suburban street knew me when I wore braces and pigtails. I grew up on this street and raise my family now on this street. The night fire struck a neighbor's home …

Finding My Authentic Self

Are you an authentic woman?Are you an authentic woman?

"Are you an authentic woman?" I read from my computer screen. In 2004 I wrote an essay in response to a question about authenticity I stumbled across on line. My essay began as an angry response. I thought I was angry at the company posting but it turns out I was frustrated - with myself.


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