Anticipation

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Amy is leaning into the kitchen counter hand washing dishes in too tepid water. The hot water must be rationed as she has to wash her hair later; every single day, otherwise she looks slick and grimy. Both her hair and her broken out face are too greasy; teenage hormones. Two other siblings compete for hot showers in this one-bathroom home. The discord around showers is constant.  When all the dishes are balanced on the drying rack and the sink is wiped down, she turns herself into the corner nook and leans back into the counter. She has taken a cleaned paring knife and sliced open an avocado. Cupping half of it in one hand, she lightly seasons it with lemon pepper, then eats it with a spoon. … Read More

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Concentrate

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I rise up from the floor, from the seated powwow; as if our private group could heal the world’s problems. It is not my first one, nor will it be my last. To sit each time is to return to the roots. We do like to get to the root of the matter. One person’s thoughts extend with only so much bandwidth. So this collection of us, in concentration, generate a lot more power. Positive influence, regenerative. Negative groupthink, degenerative. What kind of circles do you sit in? How do you circulate? What do you say that others agree with? I’m simply asking what you focus on.  ~~~ Early day thoughts have an effervescence, fresh start Midday thoughts have an urgency … Read More

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Mirror, Mirror

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She sits Indian style on the floor in front of a full-length mirror. Before Youtube and Youtube tutorials, this is how she first learned to do her makeup. A friend trained her in eyeliner, mascara, and lip liner with the mother’s Chanel products. A certain standard was being set. For many years afterward, she would sit on the floor doing her makeup.   We learn things on the floor and stand up to do them as adults.   She is grown up and sits at a vanity with a smaller mirror bordered by strobe lights directly in front of her. All the years of laugh lines, smile lines, and worry lines are illuminated. What does she cover up? What does she admire about herself?   There are many … Read More

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Food Stuffs

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Five couples are scattered about in a sunken living room. It’s close to midnight and they’re all donning black tie attire from an event earlier in the evening. They had taken a limo there and then the limo back to this home, where their cars await. They linger and laze-about, rehashing the night; retelling earlier conversations and gossip; commenting on whom was coupled with whom and how others were dressed. All of it is very friendly and light-hearted, with a twinge of snobbishness. In this intimate social circle, they speak freely.   One party goer steps away from the group and makes her way down the hallway into a kitchen. She opens the refrigerator to refill a water glass and sees a can … Read More

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California Cool

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The airport is small and local. She exits into a sunny side of life, inhaling smells of lilac and lemon trees. The clean pavement reflects gold rays back to her as she makes her way to one of the few waiting taxis. There would only be a few. It’s about a twenty-minute drive to the house, and after exiting the freeway, the neighborhoods lining the coast all seem private, secluded. The houses are individually wrapped by bundles of trees and beds of flowers. Something ideal. The driver turns off one of the winding roads onto a small gravel patch. The crunch under the tires announcing her arrival. A gathering of trees line either side of an iron gate. She gets out … Read More

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