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The hum was inescapable, stealing my sleep. The hum dominated, demanding attention, obedience. The hum made me frantic for silence. And my anguish urged me to confront it. For several long years, I had searched for strategies to untangle the snarls in my marriage. By this point, I had retreated to the guest room at […]
Gam This one’s not exactly dirty, just strange. Gam means leg, but while I often say leg, I rarely use gam. Why not? Why not change it up? Well first, I’d get a lot of “Beg your pardon?” Most people don’t know what gam means. Even Word and Gmail underline the word in red […]
Marie noticed that their mother hadn’t re-braided Lulu’s hair in three days. It frizzed out in light brown puffs from each turn of the weave, though the sun-gold ends still curled in a perfect Shirley Temple coil below the elastic hairbands. Lulu sat at the kitchen table, picking at the edge of the chipped copper […]
The sachem’s council fire is extinguished, the few survivors of the contagion scattered into the woods. The Governor has ordered all returning soldiers to stop outside of towns and be inspected for signs of pestilence. The Selectmen are bound to ensure those with the pox be removed to a place of safety, their clothes burned. […]