Dance

The couch was comfortable. The blankets made it cozy. The music playing was her favorite song.

“Have you ever danced naked?” she asked.

“No. Am I about to start?”

“Yes,” she answered. She stood up and held out her hand. Maggie took it and stood with her. She pulled Maggie close and guided her around the room. When goosebumps and the chill won over romance, she led her back to the warmth of the couch.

“I’m too old to dance naked,” she sighed as they snuggled under the blankets.

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Grasshopper

We called her Grasshopper because she outpaced us by two. She’d get where we were going, look around, come back to fetch us and go again with the slowpokes. She’d rush off on side trips to see things we’d miss and rejoin us down the path a few minutes later. I was convinced she had twice as much fun as anyone else.

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Yowzaa!

He says it – yowzaa! – all the time. At the end of every sentence. I’m telling you that word, which isn’t really even a word, is driving me bonkers. If he says it one more time I’m going to stuff his mouth full of dirty sweat socks. I’m going to bash him in the face with a cast iron skillet (wait, I don’t have a cast iron skillet). I can’t take it any more!

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Fresh Air

She opened every door, every window. She turned on the fans. She waved magazines in the air near the smoke detector. No amount of fresh air could deter the thing from its screamed warnings. She was glad it worked, right up until the moment she killed it with a broom handle so she could have quiet again.

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It’s Coming

Inch by inch, it’s growing. It’s coming my way. I keep expecting the force of gravity to pull it down, bend it. But no, it’s heading for me. Me! The very spot where I now type is its aim, its direction. What shall I do? Evacuate? Move? Fight back?

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Treatment

I had this idea for a story. It was about a child with psychic abilities. But I couldn’t find the right treatment, you know? Like, should there be adults in the story? What kind of things would the child know or do? It was making me crazy, you know? So I decided . . .

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Temporary Thinking Ban

For two years the media supported a temporary thinking ban by repeating lies without disputing them. Many people lost the ability to think during this time. When new leaders came into power later, they succeeded in making the ban permanent by appointing a person to head the country’s education system who knew nothing about teaching people to think. When the few remaining scientists attempted to point out the effect of non-thinking on brain structures, they were silenced and destroyed.

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I Remember

Funny how you remember things. I remember the first time I heard of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the famous Mexican poet. It was during a stay at college. I was in a car with a woman I’d recently met and she mentioned Sor Juana. I’ve remembered and been interested in Sor Juana ever since but I barely remember the woman. Her name was Jane, I think. At the time I was quite smitten with Jane, but it’s Sor Juana I remember.

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I Forgot

I forgot that I needed to plan meals and have food in the house if I wanted to eat. I forgot what day it was and when I was supposed to do things. I forgot to turn off the heat under the tea kettle and the house filled up with smoke. That’s when my son said enough was enough and I had to move out of my house.

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Coupon

Coupons are nice, but we get coupons for all the wrong things. We need coupons for an education or medical care. We need coupons for parental leave. How about a coupon for equal pay? I could use one of those babies.

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