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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’sĀ notĀ 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 theĀ Champs-ƉlysĆ©es, two carefree girls who felt beautiful and invincible; I remember the wonderfully strong coffee in that littleĀ cafĆ© 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. TheĀ weaving of an extraordinary tale in an extraordinary world must takeĀ its cue from the everyday lives and trials of the souls that inhabitĀ this one. Even though characters in fantasy are blessed with certainĀ unusual powers they need their weaknesses in order to make themĀ 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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