Archive for October, 2011

October 27, 2011

I Need to Let Myself Fall.

Photo by Matt Champlin

Every year, I resist the change of season.

It is now late October and I stare at the leaves clinging to the most stubborn of branches. I study the colors and let them saturate my soul; will them to endure. Some trees have lost all their leaves and still stand firm, mocking me as if they sense my intimidation

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October 10, 2011

How I Could Die.

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Fortunately, that is not a photo of me.

But I imagine I would resemble that once dead. Except my hair would be curly. Possibly frizzy, depending on the day. And my teeth are in better shape. My neck might not look that smooth, either.

Anyway. Back to how I could die. Simple. Start a day

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October 3, 2011

Help! I Need to Get Outta Here!

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photo by Pinhole Nico

I haven’t traveled further than 50 miles from our home in the Chicago suburbs since my business trip to California in February 2009.  That was cut short because my husband landed in the hospital with a serious infection. After fracturing his leg. Two months after getting laid off.

2 1/2 years with zero income.

It wasn’t my business that sustained us (thank you economy collapse). In fact, the biz remains in debt, if you must know. We were able to keep the roof over our heads and put food on the table because of a settlement from my husband’s 2007 car accident. Of course, without the accident and all the work absences for follow-up doctor’s appointments and wrist surgeries,* would he have survived the layoffs? Not everyone in his department got axed. I digress! This is about me and my (call-it-selfish) need to

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