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Life’s Uniforms

Life’s Uniforms

We all have a series of “uniforms” that we wear. As a child, I had three — one for school, one for scouts, and one for ballet. As I got older, my uniforms became less obvious. A uniform is an attempt to reconcile form and content, to match what you think you look like...
Don’t Be a Kitten, Face Your Bear

Don’t Be a Kitten, Face Your Bear

There I stood in my ill-fitting, noisy plastic cat costume that was already sticking to my skin like bare thighs to a hot car seat. The stiff molded paper mask was too big for my tiny head, preventing the giant eye holes from aligning with my eyes, causing everything...
The Scariest Story I’ve Ever Heard

The Scariest Story I’ve Ever Heard

Warning: What you are about to read is extremely personal and challenging to write and share, but I felt strongly compelled to do so. Reading this may forever change you. (But that’s a good thing.) Most scary stories are a metaphor for the problems facing society....
An Original Work of Heart

An Original Work of Heart

After a long day at work, with little sleep, the night before, my husband and I had a big decision to make before sundown. Did we want the proposed kidney bean-shaped landscape design in our front yard or not? The computer rendering provided wasn’t detailed enough to...
What’s your Signature Color?

What’s your Signature Color?

Most women have a signature scent, a perfume that suits their personality and body chemistry perfectly. Mine is Bvlgari pour Femme. My mom’s was L’air du Temps, and whenever I get a whiff of it, I immediately think of her. In fact, I keep a bottle of it in my bathroom...
A Recipe for Success

A Recipe for Success

I grew up in New Orleans, a city known for its rich and diverse culture, laid-back attitude, music-filled streets, and magnificent food. Ah…the food! Nourishment for body and soul. On a cool, rainy day, there is nothing I desire more than a big warm bowl of gumbo. For...