As Wikipedia explains, “In mathematics, a parabola is a plane curve, which is mirror-symmetrical, and is approximately U-shaped when oriented as shown in the diagram below (it remains a parabola if is differently oriented).” No, don’t run away, it’s gets …

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I learned a little about the way I write this last week.  I like juggling several projects at once right up until the irreversible moment when I hit terminal mental velocity.  Then I drop all the balls and hide under …

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7:10 a.m. The alarm goes off and I stumble around in search of the phone ringing. And then a door slams and the children’s toilet makes its howling jet engine sound and I glance at the alarm clock and hit …

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Monday morning. 7 a.m.  EST.  Sparrows chirp outside my window.  It’s too early for damn chirping birds. “Mom, you gotta wake up. Ben and I had a food fight,” Jim urges in his shatter-glass voice. “Huh? What? Why? You what?” …

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Madeline slammed the bedroom door against the door wall and dramatically glided into my room.  For much of the afternoon, I had been lost in contemplation.  The day before, a friend had threatened suicide.  She lives thousands of miles away …

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Questions from Ben after getting off the school bus: “Did you get me anything new today?” “No. I was sick.  I got you some cheese.” “Can I have some?” “Yes.” “Will you cut it in half?” “Yes.” “What’s wrong with …

“Mom?” –“Yeah?” Read more »

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