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Fireflies

How do you tell your 12-year-old son that his best friend has died? When we left Florence the day after Christmas, Colin was doing better. They were weaning him off the ventilator. He was responding to his parents and siblings … Continue reading

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Rainbow Risks

There’s always a fad: pet rocks, mood rings, troll dolls, Cabbage Patch dolls … the list goes on. And your kids always want whatever it is. About 2000 or so, Rainbow flip-flops made it from California to South Carolina and … Continue reading

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First Love

One of my earliest memories is of wading in the ocean. We were in Wilmington, N.C., to visit some elderly relatives of my mother’s. For whatever reason, we had some down time, so my parents took my brother Rusty and … Continue reading

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Shattered

My heart is shattered broken into a million tiny pieces Scattered on the floor as I gather them Fingers bleed red drops into glittering chaos Lives lost to hatred a city struggles To forgive A flag inflames danger comes From … Continue reading

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Eat, Prey, Blood

Chapter Twelve He didn’t mean the school library. He took me to the city library. The building was even more ancient than the school, at least 800 years old. The stained glass windows made it look like a cathedral inside. … Continue reading

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Eat, Prey, Blood

Chapter Eleven I finished my meal and sat there while Dad, still chuckling, washed the plate and put it in the drain rack. Apparently dishwashers weren’t in every kitchen here in Italy like they were in the U.S. I’d never … Continue reading

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Eat, Prey, Blood

Chapter Ten “Just wait in the Rome airport by baggage claim,” the stewardess, whose name was Heather, said. “The next flight is only 30 minutes behind. I tell you what. I’ll radio back and make sure they’re on it. What’re … Continue reading

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