It had been hanging by a thread for a while. Silver filament too flimsy for such a pendulous weight. Mark had even warned me. “Jen, are you sure this chain is strong enough?” “It’s fine,” I said, sliding the round silver Courage pendant onto the silver chain. This morning in the dark hours before full…

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In relaxing melody, water tumbles in endless waterfalls in the fountain below me. A green and orange recycling truck rumbles buhBUM buh,  buhBUM buh as it stops by our house. Glass knocks against glass. He drives a house or two away. BuhBUM buh, buhBUM buh and then silence with a hum as he exits our…

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We walked into the shop and both gasped. Crystal and glass chandeliers hung dotted throughout the store, and jewelry and scarves of every color clustered in carefully-coordinated corners. Morgan headed over to the white silver section of accessories, seeking a studded silver headband. Fake rhinestones sparkled against her dark hair. Photo Credit: Flickr user Janine,…

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“I’ve been part of two shop-lifting experiences,” she told me this week, leaning across the coffee-shop table. Her blue eyes were wide in astonishment. “You witnessed them?” I clarified for anyone eavesdropping. Photo Credit: Flickr user Fourbyfourblazer, Creative Commons cc license “Yes,” she continued, telling me of brazen behavior by two bootlegging rogues. “What did…

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