My Perfect Friday Night

It’s 77 degrees on a late July Friday evening. She has rum for her and all the fixings for a vodka martini for him. Burgers sizzle on the grill, and Queen currently pumps from the speaker. She sits at the table, happy and content, as she watches him at the grill. He turns and notices…

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A Whisper on the Breeze

She stood under the stars, their brilliance illuminating the night. A soft breeze tickled her cheek. She sighed, and the words tumbled out of her mouth; “I love you.” The breeze picked up; trees danced. She heard her words in the rustle of the leaves. “I love you,” repeated the breeze.  The warm air flew…

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Spontaneity or Chaos?

Anyone who knows me knows I’m not too fond of surprises, specifically those that require me to abruptly change my planned activities. It almost feels as if I’m being violated somehow. Those who know me well give me warnings. “I’m going to go soon,” has turned into my own personal seven-minute bell. What is a…

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Buoy Bells

She heard the bell, behind her and to the right. She swam to the left and forward. Land must be this way. She’d been swimming in the ocean’s tide for what seemed her whole life. She tried to make her way to land and happiness, but it always seemed just out of reach. The bells…

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Sunbeams and Lilys.

Holidays. They’re days every child looks forward to and most adults dread. If you don’t dread holidays it’s likely because you are a well-adjusted human with people who love you. It’s sad actually, that many of us do not have that. So we either ignore the holiday as if it doesn’t exist or spend the…

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Is Content Enough?

When I think of relationships, I think of two people who love each other. They’re partners in every way; they do their best to ease their partner’s burden, lift them up when they’re feeling down, and share advice and direction when one is drifting. To me, a true partnership is one in which two people…

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Hope

Hope: defined by Merriam-Webster, as “to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true.” I’ve spent the last couple of years of my life in hopeless despair. For the first year, I was so depressed, that I couldn’t find a reason to continue. My friends soon tired of my depression and…

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The Dragom and my Heart

When I was a child and my grandfather was still alive, our family, aunts, uncles, and cousins, would venture to the next town periodically for Chinese Food. I remember two things about those meals; the soup with the noodles that had a piece of meat in the middle, which I now know is wonton soup,…

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What is family?

Once when I was about 13, my family decided we needed to drive from California to New York. My aunt and cousins lived in New York, and my father’s family lived in Missouri. There were other stops along the way, sights, random family members I never knew existed, etc. So they purchased a motor home…

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Happiness or despair?

Do others, she wondered, cry themselves to sleep? Do they lay there in the dark, listening to the hum of the air conditioner, the faint beat of the music, while big, fat, warm, salty tears ran down their face? Did they, too, mourn a life they always dreamed of, one they’d imagined they’d obtained, only…

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