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Posts made in September, 2013

No More Santa Claus in our House. It’s alright, I’ll be okay.

No More Santa Claus in our House. It’s alright, I’ll be okay.

It was time. Paddling a double kayak is the best place to have these discussions with a blossoming tween – a good place to have any discussions with a tween really. It’s like parallel-play time again. You have a captive audience, and you can’t see the eye-rolling. I don’t remember how, but he came up in conversation. Santa Claus. A friend’s experience telling with...

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Purge

Purge

You know, I had this poem published in a poetry anthology many years ago and I have forgotten which anthology. Once a gibbet… It was a writing exercise where the instructions were: take five minutes to describe your exact emotion. I was eight months pregnant, passing the time on a train from downtown LA to San Diego, for work. It was 2003. While I was trying to pinpoint my feelings, I was...

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Little Bits of Paper

Little Bits of Paper

My daughter makes lists. I find them everywhere – lists of books,  friends, dance moves; lists of songs, and hypoallergenic dogs. She makes schedules – for parties, for fund raising; she makes duct-tape pockets for various collections; and calendars – for mermaid sightings or a holiday countdown. Pretty soon it will be lists of boys names; or summer camps; pockets for tampons,...

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