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Self Portrait, 3rd Person
Self Portrait, 3rd Person The haunted child has a pigeon on each shoulder.  The birds are not haunted.  They do not know fear.  The child knows a thing or two:  times tables, state capitals, the words that get her home when she is lost. The beautiful child ...

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100 days of 100 words, day 26: selfless self-esteem
Selfless Self-Esteem After 40 years of struggling to achieve a healthy body image, I think I've found a viable mental strategy that might get me there.  The almost 15-year-old girl who lives next door is (among other things) beautiful, tall, willowy.   She ...

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100 days of 100 words, day 25: Greek tragedy
Greek Tragedy The Place:  Detroit, Cooley High School, 1965 The Characters:  A 17-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy The Set-up:  The girl was attracted to the boy because his family was religious and listened to classical music.  The boy was attracted to the...

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100 days of 100 words, day 24: unintended personality test
Unintended Personality Test There are those who want to hold my arm whenever I start walking and those who forget I can't see until I stumble.  Some fear I will be an easy victim, while others just enjoy getting to use my handicapper placard when I'm in the...

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100 days of 100 words, day 23: the blueprint myth
The Blueprint Myth It's easy to imagine that if not for certain choices (sometimes made by others), my life would have developed as it was "supposed to," that I would have reached my potential (whatever that is or was).  But the original blueprint has been ...

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100 days of 100 words, day 22: (sad dance) and wonder
(Sad Dance) and Wonder I didn't have the words to say good-bye to the baby brother whose birth I had celebrated with my 8-year-old happy dance and whose life I had tried to enhance and protect.  There is no longer a life to enhance (sad dance), so I protect...

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100 days of 100 words, day 21: door
Door "No one let Kristy outside," stated the sign taped to the door I had finally found in my attempt to escape a college party featuring a complex net of past, current, and future lovers.  Startled, I stood there considering.  Relief from social anxiety wa...

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100 days of 100 words, day 20: spider legs
Spider Legs She was more attractive than Tammy Faye Bakker, but shared Tammy Faye's cartoonish make-up strategy: thick black spider legs for eyelashes and slashed-on rouge and dark lips, lined outside their natural borders.  Her persona was sexier, more sly...
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