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Laura
Northern Virginia
I am a mother, daughter, friend, teacher, and writer.
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My rally friend and I were at the Kremlin Annex last night. Rosie O'Donnell and performers from Broadway sang to encourage and support the resistance in front of the White House on the 22nd day of this protest movement. It... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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It’s hot, but the windows are open for the sounds, the bare breezes, the connections that reach beyond my imaginings as I sit at my table. Closed doors and windows confine cooled air, but they separate me from the raucous... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Potomac River from Alexandria My hospice visits have started, though I’ll refer to them as elderly visits since the people I visit will not necessarily be in hospice. One of the two people I started visiting is, thankfully, healthy enough... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Flat tire on the Meadowbrook Parkway; I managed to call for a tow truck. Just about every conversation I have with my middle-aged single lady friends will, at some point, touch on the subject of dating. That part of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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I went to the Families Belong Together Rally and March in DC with my march friend. At first we couldn't understand how people were grouped. Then we realized that they were gathered around trees: everyone seeking the "cool" shade. You... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Two horribly contrasting images of people have lodged in my mind. There is the vile image and the poignant image. There are the people who are okay (pleased, I dare say) with ripping children away from their parents, with taking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Too many epiphany moments may be unbelievable, but not enough can make you slide into a complacency that starts to feel like boredom. It’s not helpful for all insights to be incremental. In that case, are they insights or merely... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Cleaning up in Lake Accotink Park Has the world changed? It still revolves around the sun. Daylight comes in the morning and Dusk darkens into evening. People kill. People mourn. Some shout yes, others shout no. There are those who... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Let's march, rally, volunteer, and raise our voices tomorrow against gun violence in our schools, in our public places, in our lives. My Signs: My Weapon of Choice: Teacher Voice Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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No glass of wine, bottle of beer, or Colorado gummy bear can make my mind fuzzy enough for long enough to stop the realization that is finally solidifying. I have wished that I was a religious person for much of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
An essay that I wrote about trust issues is available for reading at JWI.org. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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ONE How many times can a heart break? This is not a rhetorical question. Why are guns more important than lives? Again, not a rhetorical question, a cry from tears cracking a heart. Why is there a gun show in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Listen To the women in your life. Our voices are not sealed in a safe, Or buried under a tree, We are the envelope Unsealed by the steam of empathy. Once open, listen. How does a child imagine evil If... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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What is it about women and sex? Why do our faculties for observation and nuance, so in-tune in public settings, suddenly become akin to a toddler’s? What is it about men and sex? Why do their capacities to let women... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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I am a basket filled with severed headlines whose savage stories seep into the sweet staleness of daily life with visions of the horrors of hate. What is there to hate in a world of autumn golds, a glowing moon,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Ralph Northam: Revving up Lee Dems on Thursday Virginia Democrats: Let's get out and vote on Tuesday! Let's push for positive people policies with Ralph Northam for Governor Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor Mark Herring for Attorney General Your local... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Plunging people past optimism Into chasms of chaos Where deep inside all we can spot is the light From others, who, like us Refuse to succumb to the lure Of me me me me me… Or maybe, our me is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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"Pick a bouquet for you and a friend!" It is getting cool in the evening, here, in Northern Virginia. I took a walk earlier and bought new flannel sheets since the set I bought last year I gave to my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Totality: the sun is hiding behind the moon and clouds. Totality: I think the white dot is Jupiter. My eclipse trip to South Carolina with a good friend turned out to be what we had hoped for (except for the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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August 1985. Married. August 2007. Divorced. August 2017— Still using checks with married name and PO Box (that hid my intentions). A reminder each time I use one (crossing out last name, PO Box, writing in maiden name, my home... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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I took off a week from my working mind. No classes to teach. No writing to mull over as the background music of my days. I became a version of myself who filled her hours with chores and errands, volunteering... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Trees outside my window I might not have a man in bed with me, but, boy, is my bed ever crowded. Nightly, I get into bed, ready to read literature—right after I catch-up on my phone-reading of the newest sputtering... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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A friend called me last Friday night to go out dancing with her and a group of people from a Meet-Up. With no time to think about why I shouldn’t go, feeling weighted down by a long day of unenthusiastic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Sometimes when I’m walking I feel as though I’m standing in place. The joggers whiz by at their pounding pace; cyclists careen past, occasionally with an “On your left,” but generally just the sudden sight of the cyclist in front... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Rose Garden, Bronx Botanical Gardens I’m trying to figure out if I’m envious of my colleagues and friends who have recently entered into serious relationships, or if I’m just a good friend who’s happy for their happiness. The of-the-moment me,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman