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My Body is Ugly and Perfect

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My son and I walk past shop windows and I catch an accidental glimpse of myself. Bad posture, bra straps showing my backfat (there ain’t no sucking in backfat), a too-big belly, too-large breasts and too many wrinkles on my face. Sigh. My Body is Ugly and Perfect. I refrain from flipping my ugly body […]

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10 Things That Are Better Than Being In Love (or come close)

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I was six, the first time I fell in love. Not much is better than being in love. His name was Ricky, and he lived next door. We hid behind the bushes to share secrets and imagined futures. His was to become a fireman who only helped people and didn’t hurt them. His dad was […]

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The Difference Between Fear and Worry, and the Fear of Dying

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My first thought about this week’s Finish the Sentence Friday prompt of “I’m afraid of/that…” was that I could write about my fear of dying. But then I thought about the difference between fear and worry, and what that means. My fear of spiders and other all bugs (except fireflies because they are awesome and […]

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Thank the Earth: Photos, Past Lives, and Scuba Diving in Turks & Caicos

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I have far fewer photos in albums than the 26,942 that live in my phone. Most of my digital ones begin in 2007, which makes sense – that’s when the first iPhone was released. Before then, we were stuck dropping off a roll of film and waiting to pick up the envelope of memories. Most […]

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On Winter: Then, Now, and Next

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Winter Winter snow pants hang on the door of the coat closet rather than in it. Boots litter the floor along with chunky salt crystals tracked in from the porch. Gloves and hats tumble from an out-of-place box that sits more neatly on a shelf in warmer months. Dark-too-early days combine with school cancellations and […]

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A Few of My Favorite Things (Not Whiskers on Kittens)

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This is a Listicle Friday post. It’s the prompt for Week 2 of the newly formatted Finish the Sentence Friday writing community. I’m cohosting with Kenya Johnson of Sporadically Yours. This week we’re sharing 10 of our favorite things. I don’t much care for whiskers on kittens as I’m unable to breathe if I’m anywhere near a cat. […]

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Exciting Announcement about Finish the Sentence Friday Improvements and a New Host!

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Hey friends. I know you’re confused about why I’m publishing on a Tuesday when I’ve been such a slacker reliable weekly writer of Finish the Sentence Friday. But guess what? That’s exactly why I’m posting. I have a super duper exciting announcement about Finish the Sentence Friday improvements and a new host! I know! I’m bouncing too! […]

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