A long, long walk, alone and scared, but proud, along a stretch of highway

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“I remember walking alone along this endless road, this huge expanse, rough and black. I was very young and very scared. But I had to do it. I think you told me to do it.”

“Walking…


If …

A thousand dollars
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Covid-19 vaccines contain tracking chips.

Yeah?

OK, give me the name and contact information of someone who has a card proving they were vaccinated and who after that had surgery to remove a tracking chip. Show me pictures of the vaccination card and of the chip in this person’s body…


It’s pretty scary meeting the 16th president of the United States

Sculpture of Abraham Lincoln: Photo by Adam Jones on Flickr

Shayna was standing as still as a statue, small fists clenched, glaring up at Abraham Lincoln in the park. After almost a minute, she took a deep breath, marched boldly up and slapped that huge bronze boot. …


Roses or transmission oil? They smell as sweet.

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“Grandma,” says Quinn, plunking himself down in the passenger seat, “we have to go to the grocery story right now. I have to get roses.”

“Why,” I ask my little car guy. Not once since my grandson has come for his summer visit with me has he ever shown the…


“We made love in a way that two unknowledgeable young people might.”

Photo by Julie Fernandes on Unsplash

In high school, I was a distressing two inches taller than pretty could be and an awful four inches taller than beautiful ever was in Louisiana in the early 1960s .

Wearing coke-bottle lenses would have labeled me as a “Four Eyes” or a “Mrs. Peepers,” but might not have…


Were there really five little pigs? Were there any pigs at all?

Image by Avi on Flickr

Mommy says, “This little piggy went to market.” This is the second time in two days that Mama’s grabbed my big toe and said something weird about some piggy. Does she really mean my big toe is a…


Right here, and for free!

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I’m an editor with 20 years of experience. I do copy editing to fix grammar, spelling and punctuation — the kind of stuff your high-school English teacher yammered on about. …


To make “Our” world a better place

Photo by Bill Oxford on Unsplash

Last week, I saw a woman begging on a street corner in the rain. I held a couple of ones out of the car window for her, and when she reached for them our hands met briefly. Two of us the same age, one a tall elderly lady with silver…

Katharine Valentino

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