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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Happy Birthday, Baby

My Outreach Program recently took me to a neighborhood where I stumbled upon a lovely birthday celebration, renewing -- Wait, what Outreach Program? I travel outside my circle of convenience to new or under-visited neighborhoods out of curiosity, to see the world anew and activate new neural pathways. Was this trek worth the effort? The urban development has been …

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