Dust pan days

Jan Kopu0159iva on Pexels.com Jokingly following in what may develop into a rant series, let's take a lighthearted peek into those periods in life, when the all encompassing theme seems to be dust and dirt amidst total chaos. Home improvements, rebuilds, new builds and renovations require workmen (also husband or wife and friends and relatives …

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Expectations

Great Expectations THAT DAY was a day like every other. Maybe it was this awareness that tipped the scale. We'll never know. But, you know people, we live to surmise. Thing is, Jeffrey was bored, really bored and had been for quite a while. I remember him saying to me one day that he was …

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Bernardine Evaristo and Loverman

A snazzy read! Wickedly funny and piercingly true. Evaristo hits the mark in her depiction of family, gender, expectations, ageing and illicit love. The story and characters are as colorful as the book cover. The African-Caribbean identity and language is like a song in this bittersweet, moving, humorous and hopeful read. And here are two …

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The life and times of Mr. P. Bag

It really is a testament to the unexpectedness of life. My downfall, that is, and, actually, the entire Bag family's fall from grace. You can trace our ancestry back to Sweden, where generations of pioneering Bags set forth into the world with their adventurous avant-garde spirit. Their unified vision to assist and facilitate lives made …

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Simplifications

Lisa Fotio She stood on the dock with the roar of the wind in her ears, her clothes flapping about. From this vantage point, the horde on shore had morphed from individual bits of flotsam into an ever increasing pulsating organism of movement and sound. A group of young men knocked into her, as they …

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Denial

Photo by Josie Stephens I dedicated myself to finding the truth. Dug in places that were dank and dark, unearthing the unmentionable. There were times I just couldn't keep going, I was so frozen with fear. But, in its own bizarrely macabre way, my curiosity eventually always got the better of me and so I …

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Reacquaintance

Photo by Kulbir So, this is it. Alone and starting over again. There is a teenage flitting of excitement in the pit of the stomach and youthful expectation at the back of the mind that accompanies new challenges and change at any age. It feels good! Getting reacquainted with yourself is grueling, intoxicating, surprising and …

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BIG LOVE

Photo by Clara The day he died, we started to live. We were lucky that way - being alive. Many don't make it. On his last day I was under the bed making myself as flat as possible; willing myself into the floorboards. The door was locked, but that gave me little reassurance. If he …

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Antitheses

Photo by Kei Scampa They literally collided, one day, in the hallway at work. One was turning a corner, rather sharply, arms loaded with supplies and the other was bee-lining it to the bathroom. From the get go, they were not mutually simpatico. A superficial dusting unearthed a snobbish pedantic know it all to one …

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Happy Birthday little sister

Photo by Jill Wellington Today is my sister's birthday. It is a milestone birthday and she is handling it as we all do...with some amazement and discomfort. At age eight, we believe that twenty is old, at fourteen that our parents are ancient. Naturally then, it stands to reason that as we see twenty thirty …

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