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Protected: Objects of Pleasure

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The Matryoshka Women: A Mother’s Day Story.

My mother went to the tent cities of Albania in 1999 with a medical team to serve the Kosovo refugees. When she came back, she gave me a set of Russian nesting dolls or Matryoshka— meaning little mothers. Each doll opened up … Continue reading

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The Fate of Flightless Birds 

My grandfather used to let us watch him slaughter the chickens. He’d  hold them down against a tree stump, wack their heads off with one swoop of the axe, then let them go. We’d stare after their headless bodies as they … Continue reading

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A Redneck in Massachusetts 

He’d regularly line us up against the wall: my older brother, younger sister, cousins, any neighborhood kids that happened to be hanging around and make us say it. He’d lead us in the chant, orchestrating it with his long thin … Continue reading

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