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Monthly Archive for December, 2015

The Gift of Light

It happened in our neighborhood–that thing we think happens just in other neighborhoods, in other towns, in big cities with big buildings and in the pages of a book.  Things we only read about. Only we woke to broken outdoor lights. Smashed in by someone less happy than ourselves, someone looking for a flicker of joy in […]

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When the Night is Silent

We had stopped flinching when it got too quiet. We’d kept sprinting to the sound of no noise, and the kid was either playing with Legos or in the coat closet on his typewriter. And so last night when too little noise was happening, no one threw down the book he’d almost started reading and asked between […]

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How Daddy Loves

There are things she learned from me. Like how to raise your voice when you’re falling a part or can’t find your phone, your phone’s charger or a pen that works. And how to stir the bread dough with a wooden spoon until you’re out of breath. But to crochet? No. Heavens no. Something this […]

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God in a Barn

It was in the heaving of the orange totes from the vacuum cleaner closet, the ones marked for Halloween but stuffed instead with pilgrims and cornucopias, that this guy gave up on the costume hunt and pleaded to be able to pull out the tote that had the Nativity in it. Only he couldn’t spit […]

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