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Monthly Archive for December, 2012

Sugar Makes You Stupid

  People have told me that excuses only prolong consequences.  That they will burrow in your conscience like a red fox, waiting for the perfect moment to prey on you, and end your streak of good intentions.  Excuses gather in groups and build up and crash onto you like a Hawaiian wave, each one larger […]

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The Coffee Table

“I’m not crazy,” I say, hopelessly coming to terms with the fact that my statement further confirms to these doctors that I probably am. I sigh and slouch back in the uncomfortable plastic chair as the doctor ignores my statement and continues to make notes on his clipboard. My eyes are sore and stinging from […]

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Ashes to Ashes

  At first glance, my morning routine doesn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary for a man in his thirties living alone. I wake up, shrug on robe just slightly too small for me, and shuffle my way into the kitchen, making a beeline for the Mr. Coffee in the corner of my otherwise bare countertop. […]

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Oct. 18th- “Mid-Autumn” by Butler This story was at first a little difficult for me to get a grasp of because it’s got so many narrative layers to it. Having a story within a story within a story isn’t terribly strange for this collection, though, as the majority of these stories are told to us by the […]

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Unwritten

The sun stung my eyes when the light reached the bed.  They still felt closed, although they were opened.  I placed each hand over my eyelids until the burning went away.  Before I even rolled over, I could feel that his body wasn’t lying next to me. If it had been, his legs would have […]

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Ashes the Hairless Chimp

I never told Herbert about Ashes. Herbert was my husband, but he died five years ago last week. It was a DUI, a sleepy truck driver, a turn signal that didn’t work. He was fifty-seven. I never told him because telling him about Ashes would mean telling him about my Momma and Daddy. Herbert was […]

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The Kitchen Table

All summer, I hoped that everything would go back to normal. I thought that maybe when I went back to school, Dad would be there to pick me up in the carpool line and he’d take me home and help me write letters and learn my multiplication tables. Maybe if Dad would come home, Mom […]

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I Wish

I Wish Khirsten Cook           It was mid-July, the hottest summer anyone living could remember, when daddy first saw her. Every breath was a mouthful of salty Atlantic air and six people had already died of heat stroke. Every store on main street had it’s windows covered in aluminum foil to block out the sun. A […]

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Sacrifice

The story “The Two-Thousand-Dollar Sock” was a story that really focused on loss and on finding happiness when things become different from what one originally expects.  One aspect of this story that I really liked was the focus on physical descriptions, specifically bodies.  The narrator’s husband is a wrestler, and she spends a significant portion […]

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Family

McCracken’s story “Secretary of State” focuses on relationships between family members.  I’m currently in a family systems theory class, and my brain seems to still be in that mindset, so throughout the reading I was categorizing the family dynamic.  The Barron’s are part of a closed family structure and they are very enmeshed. Closed family […]

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