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Carpenter

Prelude: Here is another milestone, another critically important character. With most of the events and characters that I’ve written about, I am able to sustain a relatively clinical and analytic stance. With the Carpenter, even after nearly twenty years, I … Continue reading

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Sister

The summer after we moved to our new house on Glen Echo Road, my parents packed us into the red Ford station wagon for a weekend trip. We rode silently past the grimy run of oil refineries that line I-95 … Continue reading

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Kitchen

I gratefully hop out of the dry radiator heat on the 32 bus and crossed Henry Avenue, up the front steps, around the side yard, and unlock the back door. I am the first one home. After dropping the backpack … Continue reading

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Vigil

As a parent, I revel in my farsightedness. I step far back to capture all the dimensions that my last born lives in.  He is seven, almost eight, and has his father’s commune with mathematics. Momma, when I close my … Continue reading

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House

Rich lived in a house with grandeur of the sort that gives permission and makes you feel taller on opening each door rather than diminished by the height of the ceilings or the breadth of space. Its exterior was of … Continue reading

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Michael

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” … Continue reading

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Space

In the dark of the ceiling’s vault above my bed, I see figures leaping and tumbling through the air. There is a pack of them in skin tight superhero outfits that are supple but shield them from the crushing vacuum … Continue reading

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