The Breakthrough

whump-whump-whump-whump The helicopter overhead was distant--the propeller's thumps a low murmur seeping into my mind, stirring up dread, thick and suffocating. I stood inside my grandmother's old house and gazed at the peeling yellowed paint on the walls and the layers upon layers of dusty photographs covering every inch. In one black and white photo, a young pig-tailed girl's face beamed, sitting on her father's knee, her face forever frozen …

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A Girl and Her Dog

I have had the Marley and Me movie for awhile now, sitting in my DVD collection, collecting dust. I kept telling myself to watch it, but I knew I wasn’t emotionally ready. I had already read the book, (like everyone else on the planet) so I knew about the heart-wrenchingly sad ending. I could barely …

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My Zen

The tiny bright ball of energy was whirling in front of me. It swirled and spun while even smaller dots of yellow light zipped around the ball like moons orbiting Jupiter. I was mesmerized. All I could do was observe it in my mind’s eye. The light was growing bigger and bigger, suspended in space …

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The Big Transition

Our goldfish, Scooby, was swimming upside down. At first, we thought it was cool. Maybe he was trying to impress us with some new trick? “Ooh! Look Mommy, he’s the coolest fish, ever!” my son gushed with his face pressed up against the glass. A few days later Scooby was just upside down, not really …

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Spinning my wheels

My grandmother was one of the most amazing women I've ever known. She was active most of her long life of 100 years. The type of woman who would think nothing of jumping on her grandson's dirt bike and taking it for a spin when she was in her 80s.  Going on a long walk …

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