With quotes from Lao Tzu

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The only fences in 500 B.C., when Lao Tzu walked the earth, were made of banked soiled or stacked rock or people just used natural barriers like rivers to keep themselves safe or to keep their livestock contained.

If someone in those times was building…

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There was a time when the Crescent City Connection was a single four lane bridge called the Greater New Orleans. It was high and long and I felt a panic driving over it, especially if I had to take the outer lane on the water side. …

Hinges and bone

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Geneva stood close enough to the burn barrel to feel its heat. It was a cool day and the warmth of her fire felt good enough to compel her to take off her work gloves and hold her hands up to the flames.

Her nails were a…

The downside to having a really good memory

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Ever since I was a small child, I’ve known I have a better memory than other people. It is rarely considered amazing or special. Usually, folks get mad at me for remembering what they can’t.

A great memory can frustrate those who…

I could show you what I’m trying to hide but then I’d have to kill you

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I have, for a very long time, been a person who finds a lot of meaning in the things that happen to us in our day to day lives. I keep my mind open…

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Resident Assistant was Rob’s dream job. He could continue on with his education, get free room and board in the nicest rooms on campus at the most sought after dorm and get paid. Not to mention the access to eighty-five of the loveliest co-eds on the East Coast.

When Rob…

…and making it work without the missing cog

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When you repair a watch from pieces it’s easier if you have all of the parts. What do you do, though, if there’s a missing cog? The watch won’t work. You can’t say a watch works if it’s only right twice a…

…and the simplicity of tea

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The harbor is where river waters congregate before pushing on to the sea. Where once were rocks and earth, small fish and bits and pieces of human life from the mountains above, now is only a hollowed bowl, deep enough to hold what enters without…

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Honey Bristol, of Centralia, was born in 2026 and had been doing support to technology work since the age of 6. She sat back in her cubicle’s sleep chair and tried her best to drift off. Earlier in her life she’d used relaxation aids but those had been denied her…

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The heat and humidity remain unchanged in South Texas for at least four months, starting in late May. Cicadas seem to bring the high temperatures with them, grinding out their metallic song and filling the air with notes of oppression.

“Try to escape this,” they seem to say.

Frannie and…

Judy McLain

Shit Creek survivor. Storyteller. Feminist liberal. Southern without the accent. Chihuahuaist.

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