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Author: Clara

My Life Purposes

My Life Purposes

To create something that outlives me. To live a life of integrity. To see what most people are too busy to see. To be grateful for all I have that I never earned. To appreciate the small things. To write. To sing. To love. To laugh. To learn. To pray.

Coaching Myself

Coaching Myself

So, Clara, why aren’t you writing much these days? Oh, I don’t know. I think there are just too many distractions. And there’s that giant piece of work I thought I’d finished but now realize it needs more revisions and a new ending. Are you referring to your memoir? Yes! It is the only thing I’ve wanted to write and publish in my entire adulthood since it happened. No wait! I started writing the memoir before the major events in…

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To Dad

To Dad

Dad, I remember you telling me how, because I was a cesarian-section birth, that you were the first of my parents to hold me. Of course by then you’d had practice holding a baby because my sister was born two and a half years earlier. By the time I came around you knew what to expect from a newborn – the spitting, the diapers, the early-morning feedings. That is not to say that taking care of me was a piece…

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Dog Person

Dog Person

Please pardon the expression when I say that perhaps I’ve bitten off more than I can chew when co-adopting a puppy with my mom and her mobility problems that make it difficult to participate in the training. But she loves the puppy and insists we keep her. I tell our puppy I love her too in the same way I did when my cat’s health began to degenerate with old age and he became more and more difficult to care…

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Quiet in My Neighborhood, Letter 4

Quiet in My Neighborhood, Letter 4

In the midst of it all, my mom and I decided to adopt a puppy – a two-month-old pug we named Peggy and she’s a handful but we love her. The beauty of it all is that she’s helped distract me from my negative emotions.