Category Archives: The 1970s

My Fight with Panic Disorder Part II: Gwin and Marijuana

From the essay, “Stuck in the Middle,” by Cindy Zelman When I was thirteen I met Gwin, new to town, and we spent a lovely year bonding as we entered the eighth grade at junior high. We walked to and … Continue reading

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Redheaded Angel

“I like your chain,” she said. I looked up at the redhead, then down at my neck to see what I was wearing: a simple and inexpensive silver necklace. We were standing in the CVS Pharmacy for pick-up of prescription … Continue reading

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Hey, I’m a Free Bird

Usually when I’m in flight I read or let my mind drift, stare out the window at clouds or the lighted dots of cities in the dark. If I fly JetBlue, I watch Channel 13 – a little cartoon plane … Continue reading

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David, pray

(Early draft stories from my agoraphobic life) In his youth, David Pray sported a thick shock of blonde, wavy hair. That’s what you noticed first: all that crazy yellow-white hair. He had fine blue eyes, thick, pouty-boy lips, and a … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “A Smirnoff and Coke”

If you haven’t read my essay, and you’re interested, here is a link to Connotation Press-An Online Artifact that will bring you to editor Robert Clark Young, and to my essay, “A Smirnoff and Coke.”  http://connotationpress.com/creative-nonfiction I wanted to use this blog … Continue reading

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Totally Psyched!

I’d never been to a psychic medium before, but my wonderful personal trainer and new friend, Randi Renzi, owner of Why Weight Fitness in Stoughton, Massachusetts, (http://whyweightfitness.com) held a group reading yesterday at her studio. She hired Anastassia Grace (www.anastassiagrace.com) … Continue reading

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Get on your bike and ride

I want to ride my bicycle. It sounds so simple, but I’m afraid of the traffic, the line of shiny cars with drivers oblivious or resenting me. I glide by on narrow streets forcing them to slow down: they’re texting, … Continue reading

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