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Write About This LifeI let a squirt of Purell cover my palms. I punch in the code to open the locked ward door and let myself in. An aide is loudly calling bingo numbers, competing with the din of the Boston Philharmonic on the television. Of the eleven people in the room, only one is even looking at her bingo card.
One Morning in MaineThe L.L. Bean catalog arrives in early June, in an avalanche of hospital bills, condolence cards, and COVID-19 reopening announcements from Red Lobster and the Pinch a Penny pool supply store that proclaim, Jeffrey, we want you back!
Thin PlaceWe’ve entered the thin place again, where the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead feels as if we could rip it open with a breath. We make altars to our beloved dead, arranging flowers and symbols around their fading photographs.
Battling the BookThe book is no longer a piece of writing; it’s a puzzle
The Sounds of Your Self“Finding your voice”—or, even better, your voices—on the page is more than a craft challenge; it’s the key to claiming your story
I Am Al’s Lymphoma"You could just call me Cancer, but you’re better off not calling me at all, and hoping that I never call you."
Let’s Say"Let’s say the medical examiner rules the cause of death 'undetermined.' There’s not enough information to say exactly what happened, except that he fell."
Striving For HarmonyUsing geometrical concepts to strengthen the structure of a work
Dismantling the Patriarchy by Reclaiming Her VoiceElissa Bassist reflects on how women’s voices get silenced & reborn, the eleven years it took to write her memoir, and how she wrote like a mother#^@%*&
So This Dude"So this dude I've been working alongside, landscaping and whatnot, he looks a lot like me. Three weeks we've been working together, talking and talking and talking."