“I’m stuck.” “If I break it off, I’ll be desperately lonely.” “If hate my job, but I’ll face a giant pay cut if I quit.” “I can’t sleep at night trying to decide whether or not to sell my house.” We all get stuck from time to time. Stuck in a role. Stuck in a…

“We kept you in a drawer,” she said. My devoutly Catholic mother was not much for telling stories and even less for telling lies. Still, I suspected the veracity of the claim until my sister verified the details. “Oh yes. We rented a furnished apartment on the second floor. Down the hall from the dentist’s…

I climb up the stairwell to the landing. The door is locked.  Another flight up I open the door. Nothing looks familiar. I slowly walk down the long hallway, peering into empty rooms, hoping to for some sense of where I am. My heart is pounding. I am hopelessly lost. Suddenly my eyes pop open….

  Rosie made a surprise visit the week she died. I entered the room and saw her sitting on the floor looking down at a framed photo of me with a microphone in my hand, wearing a white dress and a fierce face. The tiny plastic figure of Rosie the Riveter is one of the…

“Why didn’t you tell me you were getting a breast biopsy?” “Why didn’t you call me when your car wouldn’t start?” “Why don’t you let me help?” One of the best things about growing up one of eight with an alcoholic dad and an overworked mom is that you learn to manage exclusively on your…

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