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Sweatpants & Soul | Hungering

June 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

Mom cooked, three times a day. I use the term “cook” loosely. She prepared meals. Dad died when I was seven years old. Before his death, our family consisted of [...]

Personal Essay | Why I’m Ignoring My Ancestors Hushing Me

August 3, 2016 // 2 Comments

I have begun to experience a type of revisionist history when I spend time with my father. I start seeing things from his point of view and recognize that I had fallen victim to my mother’s version of events in many circumstances. And while the long-ago affair was 100% my father’s fault, so many other situations were not entirely his alone. Secrecy has a way of protecting the wrong people, creating a vintage veneer that is more faux-finished than true patina. [...]

Sweatpants & Parenting | The Yard

June 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

By Debbie Tanthorey Allen I mow the lawn. It’s a pleasant nearly-summer evening, I have an hour or two of free time; let’s do this thing. The machine drones on as I go [...]
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