Spotlights Burn

She amassed children while he pursued accolades Family photos display northern shorelines tanned faces, white-toothed grins parents not represented Lost her childhood at the bottom of a ravine laid beaten and shattered no one came to rescue her. Guess that’s what drew her the his light; money, she hoped would not abandon her. But muck […]

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Story Worthy

Kindness encourages stories from those too reluctant to share from youth full of inspiration from musicians just developing even from the discouraged unaware their tale lacks worth. Each one a record-keeper harbouring intricate plot lines uniquely brewed, the telling a revelation – find a good ear, or a patient pen, and express. (Image from personal […]

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Novel on Hold

Begging, this story, brimming over bursting out I suck in, hesitate ending preset message elusive crushed beneath weight of subjectivity.

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A 60’s Childhood

Formative years were more destruct than construct; contradictions riddled the foundation of our familial structure: one man tyrannized five females while in the news, women marched for equality; called the likes of him a male chauvinist. Aunt drove a forklift truck, looked like a man, chalked one up for women’s liberation, didn’t talk about her […]

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The Pact

“What happens after death?” she asked one Sunday, her long, thin body, stretched weakly across the settee, her cousin, balancing his dinner plate at her feet. Sundays they came together – all the family – for Grandmother’s dinners – the warm waft of fresh-baked pies, the clank of dishes, and voices raised over the old farm table. He […]

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Three Sides To A Story

My first impression of Sherry was “Stepford Wife”.  A tall, thin, blonde, Sherry appeared to be the perfect wife and mother.  The stones in her garden coordinated with the ruffled awning above her front door, and accented her meticulously manicured lawn and flower bed.  Inside was no different:  her floors shone spotlessly, despite the presence of […]

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