A Short Story: Darkroom

Posted August 31, 2014 By Elisa

  Darkroom   I swore vehemently at the ruined print, damaged by my sticky fingers. I knew Doc’s sensors were off; I didn’t want a beating– even if only telepathically.   I was on a slow-track to finish my dissertation, so I still had to “play worlds” with Doc in the lab until he signed-off. […]

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This story is not uncommon in the world of advocacy. Nor in the world of anything, where time passes and one works, works, works. After expending, imparting to love and free others, it seemed their toil was in vain. Those they worked for were not really free. But neither were they- the freedom bringers. The […]

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I Hate Childbirth, But There Is That Bliss   After my first darling was born, I think I went into a form of emotional shock. I was convinced I would have to have years of therapy before I could ever have another child. Sadly, I didn’t have the chance to receive those years of therapy, […]

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An Aspiring Writer As you might have noticed, I have plunged back into writing fiction. Although essays seem to be more applicable in expressing what I care about, my heart is twined with fiction. Not only do I love to read (which is why I occasionally review for www.ReadingTeen.net) but I hope to someday publish […]

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and My Flawed Principle

Posted August 23, 2014 By Elisa

Nominated for the Epidemic I began seeing signs of this epidemic a few weeks ago. It was spreading. I was cringing. It looked painful. Uncomfortable. And, truth be told,  it also looked gimmicky, mainstream, and sportsy. I like to think I am incompatible with all of those things. One thing I have discovered about myself […]

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In the Name of Frozen Lasagna, Love Thy Community! Community Living, Part 1 A Brief History of the Lasagna You might have thought lasagnas were invented in Italy, but they weren’t. They were created back when cavemen took their fat-honking clubs, beat down saber-tooth tigers and shared a chunk of the meat with the their […]

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The Tunic in the Night: A Short Story

Posted July 30, 2014 By Elisa

The Tunic in the Night She traced her fingers over the darkest patch of midnight surrounding the bright fuchsia flowers patterned on her tunic. She wondered how the artists printed them on the swarthy cloth, if by ink, or brush or some other means, as the colors weren’t embroidered. If the council wasn’t so eternally […]

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If You Use Your Options, Misery Is Optional

Posted July 27, 2014 By Elisa

Have you ever had one of those not-going-as-planned weeks? The week before last, I did. The Bad Ticket and Everything Else “Mommy, why did the police officer give you a bad ticket?” the kids asked. “Well, he gave it to me because he is an evil bastard trying to up his quota of making people […]

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Have you ever gotten random texts from a stranger? This happened to me the other day, and not for the first time! Even so, this was my first extended conversation with a person I didn’t know (I will let you read it below). I wasn’t sure it was a stranger at first. Then, once it […]

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Last Day of the Rest of My Life Although I have phased out of acting like a director of this almost-non-profit, the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative (NoVA HTI), in the span of time between my third baby being born and now, today is technically the last day I hold this title. This day isn’t […]

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