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The Innocent Racist – Elaina Portugal – 2-05-2018

The Innocent Racist  – Elaina Portugal “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou The sun beat down on our backs; sweat trickled along our hairlines making us scratch. Sweaty … 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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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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18 Summers- July 15th, 2016 – Elaina Portugal

  18 Summers-Elaina Portugal July 15, 2016 Dear Reader, Eighteen Summers. That’s all we get. If we’re lucky. Eighteen summers to mold them into caring, compassionate, strong human beings. Eighteen summers to teach them how to be confident, independent, and … Continue reading

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A Letter to My Children — Kerry – 3/21/2016

A Letter to My Children March 21, 2016 Dear Children, I wasn’t always as boring as you perceive me. I notice your rolled eyes and patronization. I suppose to you I am a doddering fool whose grasp of these modern … Continue reading

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Reflections on Man Children — Colleen – 1/8/2016

Reflections on Man Children 8 January 2016 Parenting sucks. More to the point, being a mother sucks. It was simpler two hundred or more years ago. You had the kid, and then you died a week later at age 17. … Continue reading

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Eleven — Colleen – 5/29/2015

Eleven 29 May 2015 She saunters down the street, all legs, slicked in sunscreen, her fifth grade class’ tie-dye t-shirt snugged in a neat knot on her small but blossoming hip. It’s Field Day today, and next week only two … Continue reading

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Forget-Me-Nots- Mary – 4/25/15

Forget-Me-Nots April 18, 2015 Dear M, You believe in marriage, preferably one that lasts a lifetime. Your mom and dad were together for forty-five years until she died. You’ve always dreamed of having a marriage like that and having five … Continue reading

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Sigurd 2/10/2015 – The Good Son

Tuesday 10 February 2015 For a week I have lived on the brink of despair, overpowered by physical pain, overwhelmed with connected emotions, and though not thinking of leaving this earth, of withdrawing into the particular corner where I have … Continue reading

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Guest Letter 1/18/15 Meagan Lucas

This week’s guest writer is Meagan Lucas- Meagan is a Canadian expat living in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She is a writer of fiction and a reader of everything. She is a wife, a mother, a fast talker, … Continue reading

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