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Bookstore memories during a period of brutal heat: The Kind Words & a dusty poem

Firebird at Wolf Trap


Mirable dictu is luckier than I, for she has photos of a thriving large bookstore in her area which has been going for decades, and has included as a customer Barack Obama. 2,215 more words


Truth […] becomes conflated with truthfulness, the non-verifiable intention of honesty on the part of the author. Truth, therefore, can never be established once and for all, but can only be presented in terms of the constant reiteration of avowals and disclaimers…

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My grandma. Thin hair. Ghost-like hands. She sits at the window and prays. Her eyes closed.  Her old plastic rosary.

The wheel of a rosary is being slowly moved forward bead by bead in a never ending circle by my grandma’s skinny stiffened fingers. 120 more words

At The Edge Of The World: Socioeconomic Disparity Between Davis, California and Outlying Farming Communities

The farmlands of the flat, sun-crisped central valley region provide both the amusing illusion of a flat earth and the ethereally haunting, surreal feeling that beyond those plains, perhaps the world really does just… stop. 1,887 more words

Divine intervention

I often wonder whether people get ratty with me because of how I am, or how blunt/honest I can be to everyone; I often thought it was because I was too nice, and though I’m not the best listener, which is something I’m working on, I try too hard with people. 751 more words


For the Week of July 24, 2016: Putting One's Life Back Together

We returned home late last night after three weeks away, visiting our daughters and their families in Canada and Florida.  We lived out of suitcases, made do with uncomfortable beds, adjusted our daily routines to fit our grandchildren’s and daughters’, suffered through days of extreme heat and high humidity and squeezed our tall bodies into cramped airplane seats.  821 more words

Expressive Writing

CFP: A SUITCASE OF HER OWN: WOMEN AND TRAVEL (1/31/2017; 9/20-23/2017)


deadline for submissions: 

January 31, 2017

full name / name of organization: 

Department of Postcolonial Studies and Travel Literatures, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland… 673 more words