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Meredith Emily June Ewart

            “Always have a good time and enjoy life to the fullest.” These were the words she wrote into a high school yearbook of a friend, and these are the words she lived by with grace and beauty. Her life began on June 25, 1972. She must have ...

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Growing Humans

There is nothing quite like having babies.  No, I don’t mean the birthing process, though my statement could apply just as well there.  I mean, being the mother of a small human newly come into this world.  Contrary to popularly expressed experience, I’ve always felt like the first year or ...

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Another Woman’s Life

Turning onto the street on the way home the other night, I happened to see a woman in a car that was turning the opposite direction.  There was another world in that car  It wasn’t just that there was a bruise on her face, but the timid way she signaled ...

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Just what words are we plowing through, anyway?

During a recent medical visit, I had the opportunity to be witnessed by and to witness a student doctor. At one point, my doctor briefly explained something to the student. Terminology passed my aural canal that had never done so before. I found myself in the interesting position to have ...

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Anxiety and Determination

She trembled a little as she looked at the small, clear blue disk on the tip of her finger. She blinked hard. Then, one more time, she pulled back her eyelids and carefully positioned the contact onto, hopefully this time, and yes… placed the contact in her eye. She jumped ...

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A Review of Five Words

I saw this bumper sticker on a car the other day. On my very first reading, I saw only “HATE THE ENEMY”. It was a few seconds later before I was able to see the tiny “is” and “only” that had been designed to look like they were written in ...

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I am a Speculative Fiction Writer

When I was a teenager, I received a book for my birthday from a cousin. I must have gotten a puzzled look on my face as I looked at the cover depicting a barbarian brandishing a war hammer in space*. “Your sister said to just get something I don’t understand,” ...

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Inaugural Post

After you hear an accent for a while, you forget the speaker has it. To me, there is nothing exotic about a Russian accent. I live with it every day. I married Vladimir in August of 1991. Yeltsin was standing on top of tanks yelling something about a junta while ...

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