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Is Beauty for the Birds?

Is Beauty for the Birds? We set up our deck fountain fairly late this summer and — as a result, it seemed – no birds came.  For weeks, they just stayed away.  This was very disappointing, since we watch them … Continue reading

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“Valentine’s Day”

“Valentine’s Day” Jerry and I have each been working single-mindedly on editing our respective books. The editing process has its own kind of tension. It is not the open-ended agony of scripting the original draft, where you don’t know if … Continue reading

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“Success”

“Success”  When I was about twenty-five, I said to a friend, “I thought, when I’d be twenty- five, I’d be at least wonderful.  But I’m not.” What did I mean by “at least wonderful”?  I think it meant, at home … Continue reading

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“Invisibility”

Toulouse-Lautrec, ‘Ce qui dit la pluie’. “Invisibility” Invisibility can signal erasure.  Qanta Ahmed’s In the Land of Invisible Women, subtitled A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom, describes shopping for the author’s first abbayah (burqa), “a flowing robe that … Continue reading

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