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Hate Crimes

Not long ago, one of my good friends was preparing to marry the man of her dreams.  She had searched for the perfect dress and in a moment of tearful triumph, pulled it from the rack.  The bodice was lined with gems, which then morphed into a beautiful lace train.  If my friend could have […]

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You’re a Sunset

My husband and I recently went on a date night to a place that teaches you how to paint.  In one night, they were to transform us into professional painters.  Okay, well, maybe not professional painters, but if my work didn’t end up looking like my one-year-old daughter did it, that was progress enough for […]

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Derek Zoolander Thinks I’m Beautiful

I’ve never met Derek Zoolander, but he thinks I’m beautiful.  I’ve never met him because I don’t roll with male models.  Also because he’s a fictional character.  But that’s beside the point.  He still told me I was beautiful.  He said, “Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.”  And, […]

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The Cherry On Top

It only seems right to top off the last day of NaPoWriMo with some poetry.  And, since this Midwestern day was such a masterpiece, let me present some words about nature: “Those Who Thirst” I listento the sound of lifeas it rolls over river rocks,so smooth and tucked securely in bed.A butterfly finds reston a […]

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Why…?

Little kids often go through an inquisitive phase that wreaks havoc on their parents’ hairlines.  “Why?” they ask.  Not once.  Not twice.  Always. “Why is the sky blue?” “Why do dogs bark?” “Why does Melissa get to watch R-rated movies and I don’t?” Fortunately my parents’ brown locks still sprout from their scalp, refusing to […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

Looking back over the course of this year, 2012 is not shy about its frenzy of firsts in my life.  From a Master’s degree to a marriage license, I feel like I’ve collected nearly every milestone within the span of 365 days.  What a thrillingly exhausting journey!  Thanks to all who shared these days and […]

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Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?

“I always wanted a little girl,” I hear my mom’s voice coo from somewhere deep in my memory, “and when the doctors told me I was having one, I was so happy!”  I was the long awaited dream.  The basket in which my mother had placed all of her hope eggs.  Yet, when I was […]

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