Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “S”

The Letter "S" Solitary and solicitous to remain so, or so, he thought. He shunned prosaic societal situations and opted for studious accomplishments instead. He was, as Morrissey said, “of a shyness that is criminally vulgar.” Known, to the immediate family by the sobriquet lone wolf. He shied away from silliness and scenarios yielding satisfactory …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “I”

The Letter "I" I have always had an insatiable interest in the intricate innermost workings of his mind. After all, he left an indelible impression on me. Instead of the customary outpouring of information, he spoke with inventiveness, only after having incubated his thoughts for a while. My imagination ignited with the inexhaustible supply of …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “B”

THE LETTER "B" Bereavement brought with it belligerent and bellicose behavior, bred bloodcurdling rage and burgeoning blackness of mood. I no longer felt buoyant, beautiful or brave as before. Laughter became tears and brilliance became darkness as my bitterness grew. I was broken and so stopped believing in all that used to be good, opting …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “W”

THE LETTER "W" Words. So many words jostling and competing, some surviving and thriving, while others are left behind to die. The trick was to maintain a watchful eye for the good ones and to immediately welcome them in. On stormy nights the wind whipped wildly along the eaves whizzing down the drainpipe and wrangling …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “F”

THE LETTER "F" F orever forging forward, dragging everything and everyone along in her wake, as unwittingly flew towards the finishing line. Fearless, feral, funny, and viscerally loyal. She understood from an early age her function in life. She was the sun, with friends, family and potential partners revolving around her. At least that is …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “E”

THE LETTER "E" Encircled by an ocean of green, our house emerges from the treetops, ephemeral and effortlessly floating above the forested valley. Encompassing us are layers of hills backed by densely wooded mountains, followed by menacing craggy rock, ending in majestic snowy peaks. The exquisite beauty of the Julian Pre-Alps. For now, we enjoy …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “A”

THE LETTER "A" A rguably, we should have seen it coming. I’ll accept half the blame. To accurately assess the situation, we needed to acknowledge our avid avoidance of the inevitable, an agitated emotional state, and, in my opinion, his anachronistic ideas regarding relationships. As is the case most times, the significant aha moments in …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “M”

THE LETTER "M" Mortadella and Swiss cheese sandwiches distinguisehd that memorable summer of 1989 from all others. It was a time of manic dashes through the market, maneuvering around the maelstrom of fashionable Florentines and their mopeds, in a daily attempt to make it to lessons on time. In our classroom we maddeningly munched on all …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “L”

THE LETTER "L" Long ago... a lifetime, actually, since I have thought about it. Seems so ludicrous now, but back then, this larger than life figure ruled the night after the lights went out. Its lecherous limbs lurching at me, lascivious lips and lizard like tongue lustfully licking the back of my neck as I …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “G”

THE LETTER "G" Governing the night were: gritty interiors, grimy toilets, great music, gutsy performances, gargantuan gin and tonics, good friends with garish hair and gregarious strangers sporting equally gaudy dos. Exercise was gyrating and grinding on the dance floor or aerobicizing in the gym. Guzzling life was our mantra. Stir and repeat. Great times …

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