The apocalypse of the every day

A little secret about apocalypse stories: they’re rarely true to the cataclysm you are experiencing in real life. Very few of us get off this Earth without experiencing at least gradual disaster, if only aging bodies. In stories, writers carefully craft the moment when everything changes. It’s like an earthquake (or actually is an earthquake).
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Gift of food

I’ve been thinking a lot about Karl. When I was 16, my dad left. I knew what many adolescents know about their parents’ relationship: next to nothing. What was clear is that my mother felt blindsided. For what seemed like weeks, she wept behind closed doors. The house felt like it had detached from the
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Life wins

It’s hard to get around these days without stumbling into a march. The Women’s March on Washington spun off hundreds of “sister” marches around the world, including in several North Carolina cities. On Feb. 11, the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) march, led by the North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the
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A noble tree

It’s not often that Twitter gives me an idea to explore. That the idea came from a stranger dripping snark is also, let’s say, unusual. But here we are, 2017. Twitter is our funhouse mirror, with its improbable orange frame. Hate it, avoid it or obsessively read – Twitter moves our world in dramatic, sometimes
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(silence)

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I’ve been thinking a lot about hope lately. Granted, I’ve had more time than usual to think. That 3 a.m. wake-up call, wherever it’s coming from, has been pretty constant since Nov. 8. The radiator ticks, the cat snores. The willow oak leaves rustle. And I wonder how I got here, how we all got
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Waiting for Matthew

As I prepared for Hurricane Matthew’s arrival, I took a little time to reread E.B. White’s classic “The Eye of Edna.” Published in The New Yorker, White describes how he follows the track of Hurricane Edna as the storm moves up the east coast in 1954. This was well before 24 hour news, dedicated weather
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Love letter to the Library

Durham desperately needs a new library facility. But we must preserve the library spirit we already have. Let me explain. I started using the Main Library as a new mother. Every Saturday, I’d leave with a bag of picture books to supplement the ones at home. I quickly learned not to check out puzzles, since
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#trumppoetry

I was lucky to be able to attend the Flyleaf Books evening of political poetry on August 23. Five poets read from their work as well as work published in Jacar Press’s fabulous Resisting Arrest. Poet and Jacar Press publisher Richard Krawiec read along with El Habib Louai, a Moroccan who’s also a musician; Techa Beaumont,
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Ban assault weapons

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t88X1pYQu-I
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