In the whispering crack of my door opening, I wake and feel him tiptoe near. “Mom?” he asks and I know. “I’ll be right there.” Photo Credit: Flickr user Daniel Gies, Creative Commons, cc license He pads away, hands out to navigate the dark room and hallway. I hear his door open and shut across…

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Twenty of us scraped chairs on shiny wooden floors then settled legs still. My paper plate sagged with food: a tangy key lime cheesecake slice with frothy whipped cream lay next to a smooth plain cheesecake piece topped with blueberry crisp. Sweet corn and pepper cowboy caviar salsa slid juices across the plate and soaked…

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Like an M. Night Shyamalan film, the title emerges: The Woman in the Woods. Photo Credit: Flckr user Nick Kenrick, Creative Commons cc license At her wooden desk layered with papers and folders, Morgan studies criss-crossed characters of Mandarin Chinese. In isolated pieces called radicals, she sees the term for female, and other radicals multiply…

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