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August 15, 2023
The Doldrums

 “Oh shit!,” Anna says out loud. “What have I done? What have I done?”       She begins pacing. Or trying to. But the bathroom is small and turns her around. And around. Soon she is pacing in circles. Circling along with her thoughts. She stops and rereads the note still taped on the mirror. […]

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August 27, 2023
The Painter

Anna stops rocking. Holding perfectly still, she listens. A woman’s voice, calling her name. Calling, “Anna, Anna.” She can’t understand what the voice is saying. It’s not clear to her. At first she thinks the voice is saying, “We’ve come to check on you. Jane asked us to check on you.” But on second thought […]

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September 17, 2023
Imprinting

Imprinting “Dr. Waldt this is Connie Bassett calling from Compassion ED. I don’t know if you remember me; we met at last year’s Summit Psychiatric Convention. I’m the psych house-doc at Compassion.”      “Yes, Connie, I do remember you. Please call me Thomas. What can I do for you so bright and early this […]

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October 9, 2023
The Calling

     Dr. Waldt seats himself in the chair he’s placed in his foyer for just this purpose. He is already dressed in his winter overcoat and stocking cap, with a pair of fur lined, leather gloves sticking out from his overcoat pocket. He pauses for a moment and places his open hands, one on […]

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January 7, 2024
Jake 2: Caged

Jake is ladling red sauce onto his noodles. His ladle stops in mid air. He blanches. White as a sheet, and locks onto Grandma Margaret. She looks to him. Then looks over the top of her glasses at Jake’s mother. As soon as Jake’s mother sees the over-the-glasses look she adds, “Oh, never mind, we […]

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