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Posts by Diane Tarantini

Fast Dogs

“Are you praying for them to come home, Daddy?” At the dinner table, Middle Child Drama Girl’s big brown eyes focused on my husband. She was talking about our two dogs—Daisy May and Little Paint Lou—the ones that ran away. At least once a month. This particular time, they’d been gone eight days. When Tony…

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The Widow’s Might

“You really should change the name of this place,” I told the young care provider when she entered the exam room. “To me, ‘Department of Digestive Diseases’ sounds like death.” The pretty young woman laughed, then explained the name was changed since so many people couldn’t figure out what “gastroenterology” was. She turned to my…

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Oh, How He Loves

She was only 18, our first-born daughter, when she flew alone for the first time. Her destination wasn’t Florida or even California. It was farther. Much. She’d cross the equator and continue on to the Southern Hemisphere, to Peru where she’d teach English for three months in a small school located in Huancayo. It was…

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The Wander Years

I could be a crazy cat lady, here in my century-old Sears kit house. As comfortable as I am in my status quo, a hermit’s existence wouldn’t be difficult. All it would take is a few more felines. Each morning I wake up, kiss Husband goodbye, make a pot of coffee and Junior-Man’s lunch, then…

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