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April 10 Poetry Challenge Daughterland, Part 2

” We have been wounded by it (giving)” –Alberto Rios Giving: What it Takes My car door slammer, my you-don’t-get-it-you’re-too-old, my you-should-be-home-making-cookies my you-promised-me-you-guys-wouldn’t-split-till-i-was-out-of-the-house My Daughter. Full of intensity and scowl Full of cat eyes and hoop earrings Looking for … Continue reading

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April 3 Poetry Challenge The Son Also Sulks

I’m taking away from his day of nothing by forcing him to hang out and possibly do things with me like lunch, buying stuff for a project I’ve been nagging him about. Most times we exist in car rides and … Continue reading

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First Rehearsal Reveals

Listen to Your Mother Show Plumas County show is underway. First rehearsal in the bag. Find out the cast of characters for our 2017 show. I’m proud to be back directing the LTYM show in Plumas County one more time! It’s … Continue reading

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Vagabond (children & sisters)

I make it home alone after 13 hours of driving in the dark night. We barely stopped to eat or drink. My sister used her last bit of cash for a motel room in Quincy (she’ll stay in motels for … Continue reading

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Alien Sex Fiend

Hip Mama Magazine is featuring an essay of mine called Alien Sex Fiend –all about the sex question one gets from tweens who are beginning to discover certain facts of life.

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They Recorded the Words but They Can’t Hear Them

I was at a board meeting when I heard the principal of the local high school talk up his experience in leadership. Most of his sentences were punctuated with the words, “when I got my doctorate” or “ I worked … Continue reading

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The Year of Changing Dangerously

I’ve been trying to write this post for a month.  That’s how my December has been. It’s now New Year’s Eve and I’m still gathering my thoughts. So here it starts: 2015? Pretty good fucking year. As soon as I … Continue reading

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Here’s Where the Story Ends

By 9 am tomorrow it will, hopefully, all be over. At least my part of it. My daughter has been attending the same one/two room school house since she was four years old. She’s now 10 and it’s mid-year. She … Continue reading

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The Things That They Say Aren’t Real

  They tell me her tears are not real. And neither were the bruises, And neither were the pinch marks, And neither are the mornings when she cries don’t make me go. And neither are the afternoons when she jumps … Continue reading

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Parenting Secrets and Lies

Anyone can become a parent. And of course in our society we’re suppose to respect how other people parent except in cases of societally recognized parenting faux pas such as teaching one’s child to roll joints or obvious physical abuse. … Continue reading

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