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“The Beauty of a Big-Boned Woman”

She is called Mary Elizabeth a name that conjures dainty little ladies with white socks and black patent leather shoes. My Mary Elizabeth is tall a big-boned woman. She has a head shaped like the globe of the world and … Continue reading

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“The New Stepmother”

(Photo copyright Kent Bonham) In defiance of my mother’s wishes, I’m lunching with my new stepmother. She chose the restaurant, a chic café on a picturesque alley where the proprietor sets up tables on cobblestones worn smooth over the centuries … Continue reading

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“Follow The Leader”

(Photo copyright Doug McIlroy) I stare at the multicolored koi. They band together as they circle the fountain in the middle of the pool. They remind me of my high school friends. We see each other every day in class, … Continue reading

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“We Must Not Legitimatize Her Words”

Why do we allow this woman such press? Why is her picture ingrained in our brains? Why do we watch as she flails with cold hands? Why do we stay as she cries against us? Why do we let her … Continue reading

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“A Tiny Flicker”

A tiny flicker Red and yellow Touch of blue Edge of green Next to orange Grows To fill The small window Of my attic room. I lie still Under the quilt Sewn By my great aunt Lena. The colors morph … Continue reading

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