Me and the Kid

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The Kid. It took days for me to wake up. It began with a headache. The headache of my life. Gradually, my eyes opened to a world fuzzy around the edges. Everything was black and white. Only black was white … Continued

The Breakup

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When he said he was leaving, my heart fell into a pit deep within me, crushed like a stomped-on aluminum can. The breakup came after seven years of selfless devotion. I had made his wishes my own wishes. I had … Continued

Uncle Hiram’s Will

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The only male child born to our family in three generations was Uncle Hiram. In more than a hundred and twenty-five years since, no male children followed. In accordance with our ancient family history, male ascendancy placed our esteemed uncle in … Continued

A Day at Sea with no Radar

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“Wake up, Kate.” “Come on. Wake up! It’s foggy and the radar went out. Shipwrecked on the beach is the last thing I need right now.” Kate felt herself being shaken. In her nightmare, she fought her way through sea … Continued

Blue Velvet

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In May of 1960, I turned twenty-one, old enough to vote.  At last!  (Yes, in those days, you had to be twenty-one.)  After leaving work on my birthday, I rode the ancient ferry back across Humboldt Bay.  Standing at the aft of … Continued