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Diane Karchner

Below the Stillness

It is zero degrees this morning here in the Northeast US. Zero. The cold wave continues another week. There is no frost on my car windows as there is no moisture in the air. It is just bitter cold. It takes forever for my car to warm up enough to take my mittens off. But…

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The Banishment of Uncertainty

I have been uncertain a bazillion times in my life. I’ve been uncertain about my husband’s love for me, about my need to eat vegetables, about whether my mom would live until Christmas, about whether I was capable of writing a book. I’ve been uncertain – shaky, even – of important things, of things that…

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The Gospel According to Marvin Gaye

Ain't Nothin' Like The Real Thing

Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby Ain’t nothing like the real thing. Oh honey, I got your picture hangin’ on the wall, But it can’t see or come to me when I call your name. I realize it’s just a picture inside a frame. Ooh, I read your letters when you’re not near me,…

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Fuzzy Wandering

All that is gold does not glitter not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again…

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