Interview with Erin Weed

Erin Weed founded Girls Fight Back after her close friend was murdered in 2001. Since then, GFB has taught women from the U.S. to Pakistan how to defend themselves. Check out GirlsFightBack.com for more info. Q. Why do you do what you do? A. Shannon was murdered in June. I was temping near the World […]

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Built for Two

I can’t remember the last time I rode a bike that wasn’t in spin class. I do have a distinct memory, however, of being chased around my neighborhood by a yappy dog nipping at my heels as I tried to get away from my imminent death by ankle biting when I was no older than […]

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Meet: The Innkeeper

Most Mondays on my blog, True STORIES., I introduce readers to everyday people and everyday occurrences. Following is one true story I wrote for you today: A young woman–she considers herself young but really, she’s in her mid-thirties, not young, not old–leaves her family and heads to an island to be alone for several days. Not […]

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THIS IS NOT A L…

THIS IS NOT A LOVE STORY. THIS IS JUST MY LIFE. [PART 1.]

Sometimes I think that memories would be better and more beautiful if they were painted from a place of imagination versus reality. A sort of past life creative outpouring. Like colors swirling into surrealism…but in the now.

The thick of carpet fibre disgusts me. And softness is deceiving when your face is pressed in it. Echo of shame speaks and then lingers. Dirt never tasted so good.

One day I almost asked a stranger if they had ever woken up from a dream so vivid that they thought they were still in it. Lips shut. I walk on.

I carried my heart that day like a drum while reminiscing of the Oldies song that goes “…and the beat goes on…” You are married now. Out of state. New state of mind.

But that day I almost caught up. Max speeding. Legs moving. I had a feeling you were near. After that, I saw you once more. Happy endings.

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