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A Band-Aid for the Healthcare Hemorrhage — Lauren Gregory – 3/8/2017

A Band-Aid for the Healthcare Hemorrhage March 8, 2017 Whether we like it or not, we’re in the process of radically changing our healthcare access in America. The House GOP has launched its bill for replacement of the ACA, and … Continue reading

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Crowing for a Peaceful New Year — Kerry – 2/28/2017

Crowing for a Peaceful New Year February 28, 2017 A new year dawned recently, the year of the rooster, and red is the color of wished good fortune in China. So when the morning dawned with a glorious, crimson-stained sky, … Continue reading

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On Writing a Will – Kerry- 2/07/17

February 11th, 2017 On Writing a Will – Kerry E.B. Black Dear Reader Although it will sound like an oxymoron, I discovered a will is a living document. My latest health scare spurred me to create a will. I have … Continue reading

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Defying Gravity- Kerry- 1/2/17

Defying Gravity- Kerry E.B. Black 1/2/2017 Dear Reader: A beautiful Mom of my acquaintance posted to her private social media about an experience she had at the theatre. Hers mirrored many I’ve had with my S-Bear. S-Bear has Cerebral Palsy, sensory … Continue reading

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The Protectors — Mary – 12/9/2016

The Protectors December 9, 2016 Two weeks ago, Thanksgiving changed into sadness for me, only because of what’s happening at Standing Rock to the Indigenous people of different tribal nations. The harm they (the National Guard, the DAPL, and the … Continue reading

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Picking up the Pieces — Anonymous Guest – 12/5/2016

Picking up the Pieces December 5, 2016 There’s a word for what I’m becoming, but I can’t think of it. A Critic? No … a skeptic? No, that’s not right either. Hold on, let me check a thesaurus … Ah, … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Room — Colleen – 12/1/2016

The Elephant in the Room 1 December 2016 You may have noticed the long period of silence from One Year of Letters. In addition to the individual pressures keeping us from our beloved keyboards, we’ve all been reeling from the … Continue reading

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UnThanksgiving — Elaina – 11/29/2016

UnThanksgiving November 29, 2016 I didn’t get invited to Thanksgiving Dinner. To be fair, since I moved to North Carolina four and a half years ago, Thanksgiving is typically not a holiday my family of origin spends together. Most years, … Continue reading

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I Voted — Kerry – 11/14/2016

I Voted November 14, 2016 Today, our nation votes for a new president. Here, a senate seat, several local officers, and a poorly veiled referendum will be decided as well. I took my sixteen-year-old to witness the voting process, as … Continue reading

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The Day After- Elaina – November 9th, 2016

The Day After -Elaina Portugal November 9th, 2016 Dear Mr. Trump- Congratulations on winning the most coveted job in the world. Today I had to go to work and face my students, students who were not in your camp. I … Continue reading

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