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“Rubbers” are “Erasers”

I made up my mind to leave Ireland sometime in my second month of living with a hole in the roof of my attic bedroom in a shared house.   I’m not from Ireland, so leaving was not some immigrant story. The hole in the roof was not a mater of squalor or deprivation. I… Read more »

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Flamingo Season up in Vermont

FRIDAY   The sun is always going down when I get up to Vermont on Fridays after work in the fall. When I picture my room and the view out my window, like I do all the time during the week, I see the landscape and all my things in the patina of those hours… Read more »

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The Spanish aren’t Known for their Stationary

She was always seeking new experiences. Homesickness was her latest new experience. Recently, she realized she had never missed home in all her travels and life-embracing, not once. Had she been too in the moment? Was there nothing back home to miss? Had she not been gone long enough? Whatever the reason, homesickness would be… Read more »

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Enter CONTEMPT

He has so much dandruff on the shoulders of his sweater. She has this tendency to play up one drink like being a lightweight is the cutest thing in the world. The waitress’ smile. The barman’s jokes. The way he says stupid things like “server” and “flight attendant” as if he’s scoring points with her… Read more »

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Midnight Cereal

She keeps the cabinet stocked with the cereal he likes, by way of tempting him to spend more time at her place. It works. By their second summer together he has more or less moved in. Her roommate has a habit of labeling everybody’s food with a sharpie and this makes him want to eat… Read more »