seeking the story in the ordinary

In this thick middle of the summer, time folds over onto itself, and everything feels at once new and nostalgic…* 1 when your children love the children of a dear friend 2 debriefing after a dinner party 3 neighbor kids cutting through the yard to come play 4 a poetry acceptance 5 uncontrollable belly laughter …

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A sudden arrival, a shift, a half year nearly gone. A pivot that reminds how swift the passage of time.* 1 wine & s’mores night with the neighbors 2 a new piece of writing in progress 3 late afternoon light through the upstairs window 4 small town farmers’ market 5 a kind, intuitive waitress 6 …

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a season of farewell and reunion and remembering when…* 1 swinging against a navy sky 2 as-you-were-saying friends 3 how happy the person who finds the cash that slipped out of my pocket in the park will be 4 a bedtime heart-to-heart 5 when your spouse wakes you with an early morning kiss on his …

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It was as if everything bloomed overnight, and I found myself missing the bare branches that offered a view of the farm.* 1 a glass of wine with dinner 2 laughing uncontrollably with my kids 3 seeing one of these signs in my part of PA 4 a rainy going-down-the-rabbit-hole kind of day 5 weeknight water …

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March is neither here nor there, a push and pull, a here then gone. A time of in-between—a march, indeed.* 1 standing barefoot in the rain watching my son wave to me through the school bus window 2 sharing an inside joke 3 a cozy day of never leaving the house 4 when the early …

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