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Uncommon Ground

“Treasure?” Her voice matches the tender smile spreading in her lips. “Now that sounds like fun!” She slides her hands around my shoulders and gives me a hug. I drink in her loving, maternal gestur [...]

Common Courage

There may be a few people in today’s world who can claim a constant lineage of over-privileged ancestors, of those who never had to do anything except eat, sleep, and procreate. Most of us across the globe, though, are alive because our ancestors had the courage to carry on. [...]

Once Upon Our Time

Our stories are our gifts, not only to ourselves and to our contemporaries, but they are our best legacies to the women of generations to come, our way of making the desolate land fertile again. [...]

Sounds Beautiful

Every sound in the house seemed magnified. The washing machine in the basement slammed into its spin cycle. The dog began to pant much too loudly, in time with my racing heart. The chimes on the deck jangled in discordant fury. [...]

A Larger Life

My father could accept the limitations that time and circumstances had placed on his life when he felt that he was part of a continuum that ran from fearless pioneers to go-getting children. [...]

Rising

“Mom, there is nothing else to say.” He motioned for me to drive forward. Away from her. Away from the fear and the chaos that slid between our hopes and us. [...]