500 words personal essay, Orange County Roadshow/Podcast, 1888 Center, April 9, 2018

  •   Because I’m compelled by blood. I honor my heredity: my parents and their highly literate minds.
  •   Because my first fully-formed memory shows my mother and me as ensemble. She took over my chore—defaulted forever to the eldest child—of drying the dishes because I had homework.
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I’m becoming a hermit by attrition. I’m losing friends.

But not via death, destruction, or causes natural or supernatural.

I’m losing friends.

Thankfully not via depression, a personal disaster, or hiccup of life.

I’m losing friends.

But not because I opine adversely or contrarily – for many Americans that’s become the norm.… ...

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