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This is happy

I’m in the middle of this story by Camilla Gibb Poetic prose, tincture of loss, despair, joy, fullness, emptiness. Belle oeuvre littéraire de la vérité et la beauté des êtres-humaines en croissance avec leurs propres douleurs, chagrins et peines d’amour.

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Latkes and Neuroses

I “received” this hypothetical note from my Bubbie (grandmother), from the old country, whom I never met but who somehow lives in me. Deh latkees its finshd. But deh cheeldrin camming chome dis veek, int zey vant chev latkees, soh, … Continue reading

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What is peace?

The word, ‘shalom’ which means peace, doesn’t mean the absence of complexity. Shalom, peace, isn’t simple. Boxing day is my father’s birthday. Our tradition has been to pack a picnic and go to Montreal to celebrate. My father would be … Continue reading

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Asking for it

When headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, was arrested and removed from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry and Ron watched from underneath the invisibility cloak, horrified at the events.  Before he left, Albus looked right through the cloak, and said, “Help … Continue reading

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Empathy: A direct path

If you are moved by anything in this video, made by the Cleveland Clinic, you’ve just used your empathy muscles. Imagine yourself appearing in this video.  What would the caption read?  How would it feel to see yourself like this? … Continue reading

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Something you need to know…

She was thirteen with the confidence of someone older. She put her arm around me, leaned in, and said, “There’s something you need to know about life. When you assume, you make an ‘ass’ out of ‘u’ and ‘me’.” Thank … Continue reading

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Shades of Gray

I didn’t want this. I untied my raft; it released onto the water. I bobbed, unmoored, kneeling on the 4 x 4 foot frame before letting out the rope, slowly, as I incrementally drifted away from the dock. I floated … Continue reading

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