All posts by Blake Garlock

She is given a task that morning, one that is not grand or unique. She has carried it out a hundred times before, but today her thoughts get muddled and bleak. Some days it seems

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from Dr. Zhivago, or the 40’s film noir epic. It means victorious, like laurel wreaths.  An overcomer.  Epic.   I could have been Holly or Angela or Christina because I was born on Christmas Day. 

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I was teaching but I went to the movie Mamma Mia, ten times, just to get him off my mind.   My mind was on the porch where he said, you will be back you

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I have been her kind.  – Anne Sexton     Who doesn’t trade her scholarship for cucumber facials, herbal essences, or swap recipes and gossip.   Whose wrist doesn’t drip with bling and grandmother’s wedding

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At 13, I learned that quitting is a solo act, but success is a team effort. In 1988 I entered high school an obese, unpopular, D student. I wasn’t interested in high school for the

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  How could it have been worse? Not only the three-hour drive, mostly into the setting sun, and their wooden conversation, mostly about nothing, but in the last half mile of forest, just before they

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“I’m not too sure about this,” Suzanne said. She stood just inside the threshold of the front door, shifting her weight from one foot to the other and glancing around like she was expecting something

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There’s an old song about Billy Bagbones. I bet most of you know it, but it’s only a little bit of the story. I’ve got cousins way out in the country whose people were neighbors

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From the beginning the deck spoke as if we were well enough acquainted. We had no reason to withhold.   Shuffled till they must have lost all reference, all relevance, the same cards kept coming

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The dolls only move when you’re not looking. They wait til deep in the night.   I am an action figure as fragile as a peppermint stick and as easy to dissolve.   The music

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