Segregation Ends Here

I’ll never forget my mother’s last words to me as I left for school that morning. She referred to the debate the day before, when the United States President reminded us that we are all brothers and sisters, saying “Being different can mean long or short hair, freckles or not. Our differences are what create […]

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Cat and Mouse

A typical Thursday afternoon, I drove the car home with my 10-year-old daughter singing to the rhythm and rhymes of Trolls’ soundtrack. She insisted on singing duet-style with her role as Anna Kendrick, leaving me with the tenor portion of Justin Timberlake. If it was a romance song, I’d have to think twice, but this […]

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Family Time

The last terror any American family could imagine, but this family is prepared. The question remains as to if there are situations of which the ending cannot be predicted. The alarm screamed through the neighborhood alerting everyone within a naked mile with a high-pitched wail of the war invading our town. Within seconds, the only light […]

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Now and Then

The coolness of the morning air invades my throat and leaks down into my lungs, giving a strange sense of freedom. The stuffy place we live in doesn’t allow for clean air, as there’s only one place for air to come in or escape—our singular door. Some mornings the dense air in our neighborhood causes […]

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What’s a Mother to do?

“Chase, open the door!” I hate when he goes into the bathroom with his cell phone. In a one-bathroom house, a teen boy cannot disappear behind the door and be expected to be seen within half an hour. “Just a minute,” the answer comes back tainted with a barbed tongue. “I barely got in here, […]

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Kid Sister

Once in a while when we grow up, despite where we are in the chain of command, we stop and realize there was a great disruption, and the birthing order didn’t really take precedence all the time. This story is one of those, and although the events taking place in this piece are purely fictitious […]

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