“This isn’t Sparta!” (a.k.a. The Book Sale)

Early morning in the city, I sighed.  Is there anything better?  A time for quiet contemplation; a meditation on stillness. Birds chirping and leaves rustling.  Sidewalks sparsely populated by dogs and the humans they tethered.  Passing the library, a queue of people caught my attention.  How curious.  Lineups were the norm before doors opened, but …

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Do You Need This?

Soy latte in hand--a hot liquid celebration--I was enjoying a leisurely browse through an assortment of pretty things. A metallic pink train case! Small palettes could go here, pencils there, brushes over there, and this compartment would be perfect for creams.... "Do you need this?" A small boy's hands appeared on either side of the …

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The Purple Prom Dress

"How much is that one?"  She checked the tag on the back of the dress.  The third among the prom possibilities. "I like the purple one," her daughter said. "I can hem this one."  She examined the seams.  The difference saved would cover the week's groceries. People in line for the thrift store changerooms fidgeted …

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