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The Fluid Nature of Friendship

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I was wiser in my twenties than I give myself credit for. In an old blog, in another time, I remember writing, at the tender age of twenty-two, that some friendships had use-by dates. Sadly, I didn’t remember my own advice, and I’ve struggled with the act of letting go all my life. It’s caused me nothing but heartache. I’ve…

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Bubbles of Excitement

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I said something last week that I’m not particularly proud of. During a moment of self-pity when I was bemoaning the tragedy of my life (as I put it so eloquently during that particular moment), and complaining to one of my best friends that I was surely beset with misfortune as I had not yet managed to have a child…

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Life And Other Updates

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I know, I know, I know. It’s been a long time since I last updated. I’m sorry. I’ve been busy with so much, and I’ve been dealing with a lot. I posted a while back about my health scare. It’s¬†not¬†cancer, but nobody knows what it is either. I’ve been poked and prodded to within an inch of my life, and…

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Dusk in Paris

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I’m thinking of you today, Marie. I’m thinking of the way we walked arm in arm down the¬†Champs-√Člys√©es, two carefree girls who felt beautiful and invincible; I remember the wonderfully strong coffee in that little¬†caf√© you insisted we try, and our delight at discovering the used book store above it. I remember when the skirts of my dress caught on…

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Adventures in New Zealand

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I have many wonderful memories of the decade I spent travelling around the world but my funniest memory of all time is possibly my camping adventure memory from the year I spent in New Zealand. All my close friends call me Tara; it’s not just a nickname, it’s also a play on my middle name. I’ve been Tara for years,…

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Love (Excerpt from a private letter to a friend)

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Like you, I firmly believe that fantasy must lie in reality. The¬†weaving of an extraordinary tale in an extraordinary world must take¬†its cue from the everyday lives and trials of the souls that inhabit¬†this one. Even though characters in fantasy are blessed with certain¬†unusual powers they need their weaknesses in order to make them¬†someone we can identify with. However, I…

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It takes two

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It takes two to tango. I recently had a phone call from an old friend (we shall call her X) who clearly had something on her mind. After the initial hellos and how-the-hell-are-yous she very quickly moved on to the real reason why she’d called me. She wanted to issue a very formal and very vociferous complaint about her best…

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This friendship beast

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Is it just me or have my posse and I been lurching from crisis to crisis lately? Don’t get me wrong; I love being there to pick my buddies up and dust them off (figuratively, of course; we never talk about that time when it was literal), and I love knowing they’re there to perform the same service for me…

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