Monthly Archives: October 2010

Happy Halloween!

This Halloween: relax, take a bath, catch up on your reading… Whatever you do, have a Happy Halloween! Photo: Sandra Payne © 2007 Advertisements

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Sucked In: On Gossip

No moon; no stars.  Ancient darkness: trees and an occasional barn silhouetted blacker against the vast fields of nothingness that grew them.  A lone country road, rocky and unused, sloped on either side into a ditch deep enough to hide a … Continue reading

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Voting and Vigilance: Politics are a Pain in the Ass

Why can’t they just leave me alone? As another election nears, my mailbox has been the site of a ravaged rainforest: for two months, candidates from both main parties have bombarded me with several flyers a day.  I used to … Continue reading

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Real Men

I adore men.  What?  How can that be?  Didn’t your father abandon you?  Yes.  And I still adore men. I have no tolerance for those who beat women or rape them or verbally abuse them and grind them down day … Continue reading

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Woman, Man, Me!

A little girl with pigtails and glasses who shunned wearing jeans because they were scratchy; who played with dolls longer than she should have; who tattled when her younger sister said shit; who loved all things pink and who cried all … Continue reading

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Vodka and Victims: On Personal Responsibility

A lovely little Sunday afternoon: sunshine, cool autumn breezes, Dexter on the tube getting his hands bloody and me, drunk.  So drunk in fact that I was insisting, insisting to my husband, “Dude, I think I’m dying.  Seriously.  You need … Continue reading

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On Death

Burning my tongue and hand on a mug of hot cider, I notice the child-size skeleton perched on the butcher’s block grinning at me with the secret of death.  Witch’s wind gusting from the west shakes the house; my core … Continue reading

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