Author Archives: wordnrd63

First Christmas

  It’s still dark out when Annie wakes. She didn’t mean to fall asleep. She meant to stay up all night, or at least long enough to hear reindeer hooves on the sloping roof of her house. The chimney is … Continue reading

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American Mythos

On the Bill Press show this morning (WCPT in Chicago), the commentators were having fun with a Washington Post movie critic’s attempt to weigh in on the recent mass shooting in Isla Vista. Anne Hornaday’s target was the “frat-boy comedy,” … Continue reading

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I Am an April Fool

Today in Chicago, as of not quite 2 p.m., the temperature has finally cracked 45 degrees. After much of the past week–let alone the past winter!–I was beginning to think it never would again. The sky is this strangely beautiful … Continue reading

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It’s A Chick Thing

So now “lady mayor” is a thing. Thank you, Haley Barbour, fount of real-‘Murican wisdom, for setting us straight on that one in your reference to Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken, NJ. She can’t just be plain old “mayor,” because … Continue reading

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A Whisper of Wings, Part 3

No one answered the ad, and Nora felt glad about it. She discontinued the ad after three weeks, though part of her wondered what in heaven she thought she was doing. “You’re a hostage to fortune,” she told Rodolfo over … Continue reading

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A Whisper of Wings, Part 2

Author’s note: So I erred last time. Looks like there’ll be a Part 3 forthcoming, as soon as my subconscious tells me what it is. She hadn’t intended to keep the cat more than a couple of weeks, or however … Continue reading

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A Whisper of Wings

A two-part story, inspired by my parents and a line from the Yom Kippur liturgy. Part 1 The hardest thing, Nora thought, was the silence. She thought this many times over the course of a day. She thought it when … Continue reading

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