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Not an important part of the house

The back entry is cramped and haphazard, a bent coat rack pushed in under high cupboards, an old bureau with drawers that won’t open full of mittens, scarves and unused kitchen utensils. A worn door mat fills most of the … Continue reading

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L is for Lena

Her real name is Lenore, but in college a punk singer named Lene Lovich inspired us to redub her Lena. She was game, and it stuck. When she lived in Japan, Lena was easier to pronounce than Lenore, so it … Continue reading

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Her Name Begins with J

We were bad friends. She hung up the phone on me. I corrected her when she mis-sang song lyrics. We fought and spent too much time together. Even though she was short and plump and I was tall and flat, … Continue reading

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I is for me

I is for me. The first person narrator, which is me. I am I. Or am I? I try. Which I am I? The angry teen I? That’s an easy I to slip into. She’s fun to write, though being … Continue reading

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Having a Boyfriend

Sherry says, “He finally figured out I have two boobs.” She is talking about Jimmy, the boy I like. She has spent two afternoons making out with him in the backseat of his friend’s car. His friend and another girl … Continue reading

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Going Home

I dreamt about my house again last night. As the dream often goes, turns out my parents never actually moved out, or they moved out but then moved back in, because they couldn’t sell it. All the old stuff is … Continue reading

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Forgetting/Remembering

A memory of Lena, age 5. What she remembers: We are facing each other on the bed at night. She nervously confides to me that she likes a boy. I laugh in her face. What I remember: She tells me … Continue reading

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Dad/Death/Dog

My dad died while I was walking the dog. Or maybe while I was driving back from the dog park. I was at the farthest end of the park when my brother called me and told me it was almost … Continue reading

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Catching Up/Creative Nonfiction/Corrections/TriCks of Memory

I wrote Birdie yesterday, though it had been bumping around in my head for a few days before, and that memory has been with me for nearly 50 years (gasp). It is mostly true, though I added details that seemed … Continue reading

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Birdie

Birdie lived across the street from me, and she was a year younger, so of course I couldn’t like her. Plus, her brother was in my grade and a boy. And our angry fathers did not like each other. So … Continue reading

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