Exit Strategy

One more train. Then she’d be away.  Far enough to lose all communication.  Far enough that he could not find her. “Can I help you Ma’am?”  a porter reached for her luggage. Passengers crowded in behind. “Just a moment, thanks.” Pulling her suitcase aside, she fidgeted with her purse, pretending to be searching for a […]

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The Questions That Follow Us

“Sometimes I just wish I could roll back the years and start over.” “Hard to imagine it.  Life would have been very different.” Our what if’s are wistful, laced with regrets.  Not that we had any power over what happened – we were only children when decisions that would affect us forever after were made. […]

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A Week of Conversations

“I’m quite happy to spectate,” I offer when the cry goes out for team members. It’s Friday night, and darts are the big event at the neighbourhood clubhouse. “No! No! You must play.  Everyone plays.” This is our second social this week in our new community, and I must say the locals are friendly and […]

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Hidden Messages

“I’m not as smart as you.  I’d probably be okay if I was smarter.” “That’s not true, June.  You are very smart.” “Do you really think so?” My sister and I are doing dishes after supper.  June suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. “You got 96% in your nursing program,” I remind her.  “Intelligence is not your […]

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Fatal Fury

Really wasn’t your fault this fury that overcame – Words evoked onslaught, a raging river of pain. Didn’t mean to push you, miscalculated my aim, swimming in swamp waters not a recommended game. You floundered, gurgled, cursed me by name – our love story, now viral brought an alligator fame. ( A silly ditty for […]

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Relationship Wrap Up

Relationship, I realized after posting my weekly challenge, is too broad of a subject.  We need a lifetime to examine and appreciate our interconnections, and then, likely, we’d need to begin again – such is the nature of relationship.  It slips and slides, rewards and betrays, teaches and takes away. That said, I appreciate those […]

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Life With Father

“Whatever it is we need to learn from each other, I say let’s do it now, so we don’t have to come back and repeat it,” I told my father once during a period in which I was exploring the concept of reincarnation. I imagine he lowered his chin and looked over his spectacles at […]

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