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Swipe Right for Dinosaurs
It was a hot day in Laredo, already over ninety degrees in the mid-morning.  Max had been up since six riding his bike.  He had just learned how to ride without training wheels the day before.  A few hours and many cups of coffee for Dorothy later, Max show...
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First Flight
Sonora looked in her
rearview mirror for what must have been the hundredth time since she and her
daughter had left their house in the middle of the night.   She wanted to get there before any of the
other nervous mothers.   She didn’t need
to be reminded o...
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The Day the Earth Shook
My darling girl, 364 days and 23 hours ago, I was trying desperately to go to sleep.  And as anyone who has ever stayed in the hospital for more than a day can tell you, that feat is nearly impossible.  But as the clock crept past midnight, my usual discomf...
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Happy Birthday
It has been nearly six months since I've posted anything on this blog and it's been even longer since I've written anything creatively other than a jotted-down line or paragraph in my phone's Notes section which I hope to come back to and use later.  But I ...
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday
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France
It’s like we were told we had to move to France. “You’re leaving in 2 months. You are vacating the home you had built for yourselves, walls bursting with plans and dreams and paintings and pictures of the life you wanted to have for yourselves. You may neve...
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Life by Numbers
905. 96 92 87 88 84 77 62 83 88 94. 27 and 4. 17. 733. 1,216. 3 to 5. 14. My life has been ruled by numbers since June.  The number of grams my daughter weighed when she was born.  The fluctuating oxygen satuaration in her small body causing my own breath t...
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Pop
Blake was checking the perimeter,
the sun having just sunk beneath the horizon. 
When he heard the shots, he cut into the field.  Finding immediate coverage overruled his desire
to go back for his gear.  Instinctually, he
disappeared quickly and silently.  ...
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Homecoming
For the past 89 days, I have spent some portion of my time, every day, in a hospital.  For the first 14, I was the patient.  Then, for the next 75, I would spend visiting my daughter, waiting for her to grow from one pound, fifteen ounces, and fourteen inch...
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The Year of the Rabbit
The stairs to the
basement creaked loudly.  The light
switch at the top had stopped working earlier that year so the light had to be
turned on at the bottom.  Jin had been meaning
to fix it for months, Danielle too nervous to walk downstairs in the dark whi...
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Sunday Best
It looks like a beautiful day out there.  I'm sure it is hot and muggy, the breeze only strong enough to annoyingly move around the pieces of hair not sweating and clinging to your neck.  But it looks beautiful. I was able to spend a glorious thirty minutes...
Sunday Best
Sunday Best
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