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Carnaval

Carnaval

My glittering grandmother, Helen Temple, was a London stage actress and singer during World War I. She was first known for her roles in a variety of Shakespeare plays, then in Galsworthy’s Fugitive and The Skin Game. She played Regina…

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Drive-By

Wisteria hangs in great dollops from the treetops, the faint purple drapery escorting me to Aiken and Camden, Bethune and Rockingham, its aerial artistry choking the tallest pines. Driving through the Carolinas on a lavender road I’ve navigated for years…

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While You Sleep

Still hunkered at my desk, as if to stop the night sky brightening, the Leylands lifting from their winter canvas, pastures, singed with frost. Night is like a holiday, I can do anything I want with it— unlike the day’s…

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In Xanadu

The Art of Falling You fall from a horse enough times and you learn how to fall— like snow, rain or love, all goose-down and no elbows. He spooks at a leaf, knocking you sideways, the saddle slips—and well, you…

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Cut it Down

https://youtu.be/bGFiOY7ohNA   Moving, death, and divorce—the stressors of life. No one wants to be told she is not a tree. That she doesn’t grow roots. That she doesn’t speak with other trees, that she doesn’t sing to them. Not after…

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