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Apr.16.2014
My family settled in Dowagiac, Michigan before the Civil War, but I first learned about the Orphan Train within the last 5 years, when I lived across from the Methodist Church where the orphans were put out for "viewing" at the train's first stop. I'd been unaware of its history when I lived across...
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Apr.04.2014
I've combined the parts of the short story I began posting in installments on February 26, 2014. Here's the link to the piece, in entirety: Olivia's Garden.  
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Apr.04.2014
The puppy's leash wound around her calves as she swiped the front of her phone. "Here's a picture." I cringed and shook my head. "No. I won't look at it. Will he be okay?" "It went right through." An accidental shooting next door. He was cleaning his gun and the bullet went through his hand. ...
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Mar.30.2014
This is a story I began posting on February 26, 2014. I've combined the previous installments, ending with this one, and posted them in together in the section titled "Writing."  This is the last installment of "Olivia's Garden." "Tom, Our private struggles should not have become public, but...
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Mar.30.2014
 Jagged white stones   This is a continuation of a story I began posting on February 26, 2014 Tom looked at the tiny lines near his mouth and the deeper creases between his eyebrows in the bathroom mirror. She's four years old. He held his hands beneath the faucet and let the cold water...
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Mar.29.2014
Motives   This is a continuation of a story I began posting on February 26, 2014. “That's my opinion.” “You don't think she has other motives?” Tom's attorney interrupted. “Objection. He answered the question.” “You don't think your mother has Olivia's best interest in mind?” Tom's attorney...
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Mar.29.2014
Family This is a continuation of a story I began posting on February 26, 2014.                                                              ...
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Mar.23.2014
This is a continuation of a story I began posting February 26, 2014.                                                                ...
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Mar.20.2014
I became a little teary as I read Jill Jepson's essay, "Welcome to the Global Community of Writers." My daughter is a writer. She did not need my encouragement. She got plenty from her teachers, classmates and others who read her work.  Being a writer's parent is often exquisitely painful...
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Mar.16.2014
This is a continuation of a story I began posting on February 26, 2014. We planned to live there forever. It was too large for our small family, but that made it feel all the more magical. The rhododenrons bloomed first, followed by the daffodils. I planted hundreds of bulbs beneath the towering...
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Mar.12.2014
This is continuation of a story I began posting in installments on February 26, 2014.                                                            ...
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Mar.07.2014
Note to readers:  This is a continuation of  a serialized story I began posting on February 26, 2014.                                                  ...
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Mar.05.2014
Note to readers:  This is a continuation of  a serialized story I began posting on February 26, 2014.                                                  ...
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Mar.03.2014
Redroom friend Barbara Froman  invited me to participate in "My Writing Process Blog Tour." I'm honored by the invitation, but I'm also a little intimidated, because Barbara is an impossibly tough act to follow. My review of her award-winning novel, Shadows and Ghosts, is posted on Goodreads,...
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Mar.01.2014
Note to readers: This is a continuation of a story I'm posting in installments. Please read my February 26, 2014 post, first. It was a short walk from her apartment up the hill. When she reached the top, the neighborhood changed from innocuous square brick edifices containing four comparable...
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