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The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir by Katrina Kenison     While reading this memoir is like moving through a thicket of intelligent ruminations, it is well worth the slog.  It is inspirational and beautifully written; I just couldn’t read it without stopping along...

Poem: Is There a Nurse in the House? It’s the nurse who answers when your suffering is unbearable, when you’re tired, troubled, or tormented. Your family has gone home; it’s the nurse who remains, a guardian of your pain. Home is here for now, where only the drugged or...

   Rough Day   Assaulted at birth, a strike stings me awake From then on like a baseball on a leash, tethered to a post I am flung across time, bruised by each blow, wounded but still connected.   How many failures do I hide? Each one buried in a dormant garden Where no...

Poem: Is This Us? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is Us, a new show, all slurpy and sloppy, grins slathered like marmalade, all over everything. Even cancer comes with epiphanies and revelations. This is Us, about us?  I ask, He stares at the screen. Texas Hold’em, the river; He dives in as I float by, waiting,...