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What’s right in front of you

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I once found a book at a bookstore which I simply had to have. The need to acquire it was a powerful and familiar feeling, a formless but imposing presence in the room which I feel often when I see the woolen throw with the perfect texture or a slotted spoon with a superior grain. […]

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On staying woke and sane

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On the week that Trump announced he was ending DACA, I cried several times every day, sometimes in public. It hit me hard, and close, the death blow that only narrowly misses. I shook all week from it, off my food, belly upset, nights full of waking up with my heart pounding. By the end […]

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The space above six feet under

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The space above six feet under

I’ve always been drawn to cemeteries. I have never found peace with death – spare me the treatises on why I should just accept it, I can’t and I won’t – and perhaps that’s why they hold me in such thrall. They drip with mystery and the deep tragedy of the human condition. All that […]

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So it turns out I am no longer in the Rhett Butler-loving phase of my life

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So it turns out I am no longer in the Rhett Butler-loving phase of my life

Talk to anyone who knew me under the age of twenty-five, and eventually the conversation will turn to Gone With the Wind. I had what can only be referred to as an obsession with old movies in my teens and early twenties, and none inhabited my imagination quite as much as Gone With the Wind. […]

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6 Books to Read While…

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6 Books to Read While…

Color me tickled! The Barnes and Noble blog has always been good to THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY, but I was particularly jazzed by my latest mention there. My boyfriend’s daughter has turned me on to the TV show Riverdale, that fun and campy reimagining of Archie comics, which I loved as a kid. We […]

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What I could do in a single day

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What could I do in a single day, a single sun-up to sundown with the voice silenced? A single day that I don’t turn to my right, hand on the refrigerator door, and look clear across to the mirror in the dining room, at the paunch and ask, “are you sure you need that snack?” […]

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Your life as an undocumented Dreamer

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Your life as an undocumented Dreamer

Imagine this: You are six months old. Your mother wraps you in a hand-knit blanket her sister gave you and heads off on a long trip. Maybe she’s hungry, tired of struggling. Maybe she fears her life and yours are in danger from the violence all around her. Or maybe not. You don’t know. You’re […]

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The island rain

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The jungle comes in for a hug on either side The people ahead of me outpace me Stretched long with good nutrition and a certainly they belong where they’ve been planted I have snuck myself into their lives And they haven’t realized what’s intruded. The beaten road won’t be shaken from my feet. Turning my […]

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Laundry and the Temple of Chaos

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Okay, let’s get this out of the way: I’m messy. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that messiness promotes creativity (don’t believe me? Link to the article below), so it’s all good, peeps. Seriously. Except, here’s the catch: I only ever seem to find organized men to pair up with. So, you know, […]

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I am on a fast

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I am on a fast

A social media fast, that is. It began like this: my mornings usually begin with some CNN on in the background, occasionally muted so I can surf Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. When my squirrel attention can take it, I go over to Flipboard and scan my curated “magazines,” – Politics, News (mostly politics, frankly, not […]

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