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Iron

The sharp whirring of metal resounds through the warehouse as I return from the coffee machine.  The smell of iron is so strong in my nose that, for a moment, I think I have a nosebleed.  I’m just in an iron studio, and this is going to be everyday for me now. The last week […]

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Complaint Culture

Why is it, when something goes wrong with a place of business, our first reaction is to tell somebody? Is it right?  Are we dooming someone’s life, their job, just because we are unhappy? Let me elaborate. In the past week I have had not one, but three incidents that I have actually reported as […]

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Upcoming Stuff

News is posted regularly on my main welcome page but for those following HERE, I thought I would share what’s up for the month of December.  SO MUCH STUFF. I bought a house!  Settlement is December 20th.  It’s a really fun cool house right on a canal, and I must say I cannot wait for […]

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Babci (Trifecta Week 106)

BABCI It is 2009. My grandmother is a bustler.  She never stops moving.  But she doesn’t like the rest of us to help. She flaps her arms at us, apron strings flying around her like white snakes on the loose. Rapid-fire Polish. “Set your tush down on the chair and relax!” She stirs the mushroom […]

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First Time Home Buyer

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“You’ll break it!” I shout. My father, ever the engineer, is wiggling the rusted iron stairrail before he’s even gone into the house. “Hmmm.” It’s a noncommittal sound, more of a grunt than speech. My father’s common form of communication. “Katie can fix it,” I say quickly. My best friend is a metal worker. “Knowing […]

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BOX

“Hey, white people!” It wasn’t something I expected to hear, let alone on a quiet Sunday morning in an apartment complex parking lot. I wasn’t even sure I had heard it, so quiet were the words. It was as if the caller was testing them out for the first time.  He tasted them, not really […]

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The Family Blood (Trifecta Week 76)

The Family Blood Blood is thicker than water. He hated that phrase. The exclusivity of it made him cringe. Besides, it was all a lie. When your family stock was so spread out across the country that your nearest cousin was two states away, blood was no longer a factor in your life. You no […]

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Vanity or Confidence

“I’m not creative, like you,” she said. “I’m an editor. I guide things. I don’t pump things out quickly like you or Karyn, but I do what I can.” I ponder the differences between what the ignorant perceive as vanity, and the wise perceive as knowing what you are good at. Which I am guilty […]

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The Music Budget Is Cut Somewhere Else Today As I Stand In A Crumbling Theatre

The Music Budget Is Cut Somewhere Else Today As I Stand In A Crumbling Theatre   The dialogue is low The excitement running high The audience aglow For the first of songs to fly   Crash! The hallowed cimbalom Sounds throughout the hall. The reckless pounding of the drum Rumbles out the prophet’s call   […]

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