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Navel-Gazing in August

Someone said “write what you know.” It was definitely Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Nathan Englander, or somebody else. I’ve mostly seen the quote applied to writing fiction. Apparently some folks assume that it means authors should only write stories about … Continue reading

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London Fires, Mostly

Many folks who lived in Grenfell Tower got out. Many others died. We don’t know how many. A current estimate is 79. Determining the exact number will be difficult, since high temperatures may have effectively obliterated some human remains. Some … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day, and Mary

Upwards of 40 countries celebrate mothers at some point during each year. America’s Mother’s Day doesn’t seem to connect with Phrygia’s cult of Cybele or Japan’s Haha no Hi, apart from being a recognition of motherhood. Our Mother’s Day has … Continue reading

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The Speckled Axe

I’m a perfectionist, a frustrated one. Somewhere between childhood and adolescence, I felt that if adequacy had a numeric value, it’d be greater than two and less than one; or something equally impossible. More accurately, I felt as if that … Continue reading

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