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Jul 31, 2014

Prepare For Landing ~ #fridayfictioneers ~ 8/1/14

Prepare For Landing ~ #fridayfictioneers ~ 8/1/14


Photo Copyright –Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Prepare for Landing

Last time I made this trip I was flying away from him. Or was it towards the other one? Sam thought, wistfully staring through the airplane window. At 18, who can say? She pondered with a smile. Looking out she half expected to see a gargoyle perched atop the wing, matching her mood and the sky.

Who knew this is what it would take to…

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Jul 29, 2014

Rogue Illustration #16 ~ Sarah

Well here she is, the lovely Sarah. As I sat at the cafe this weekend she stood in line in her casual summer style.

Jul 27, 2014


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Today was a good day. Dare I say an inspired morning even?

I got up early and made my way to a favorite cafe in town. Ordered the basic sans potatoes or bread. A plate of scrambled eggs, bacon and fruit joined my cup of black coffee.

Something you probably don’t know about me is I have really good hearing. Seriously like Spidey Sense good. I can zone in on a conversation across a crowded court…

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Putty in Your Hands
Jul 25, 2014
Jul 24, 2014

The Obituary ~ #fridayfictioneers ~ 7/25/14

The Obituary ~ #fridayfictioneers ~ 7/25/14


Copyright – Marie Gail Stratford

The Obituary

Kate flew through the doorway. This was just like her, sensing when I most needed company. Without a word, Chinese take-out in one hand, she pulled me towards the kitchen.

 “I just don’t think I can do it. How do I say goodbye?”

Pushing aside my blank attempts, placing mu shu before me, she coaxed “Eat! The words will come”

“I don’t have any”….she…

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Jul 23, 2014

I am holding fast, sword held skyward

I am holding fast, sword held skyward

I am a blank page waiting for life to start. I am trying to heal. I need to heal. Most of which is emotional and mental these days. Sure there are the little twinges, the nausea and lost appetite. There are nights I can’t sleep and the moments I awaken to anxiety. But mostly it is fear of what ifs that creep in. What if the spot in my lung is something?

I am seeking support following my…

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Jul 3, 2014

I’m Still Here

Just so you don’t think I’ve completely disappeared and to say a quick hello to my new followers.

Jun 6, 2014

Weekend ~ 6/6/14~Side Effects of Dying aka Living Fully

Weekend ~ 6/6/14~Side Effects of Dying aka Living Fully

Needing out of the office after a particularly tough morning, I decided a walk to the bakery for lunch was in order. I had written a second draft of my VHL blog post and had been making the morning rounds to schedule doctors’ appointments in between opening new accounts, distributing estates and check distribution requests for clients.

I tried slowing my pace and thoughts; breathing deeply…

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Jun 5, 2014

The Cost of Winning

The Cost of Winning

Some of you may have noticed my poor blog attendance. I’ve been busy. I won the Lottery!

The genetic lottery- I am 1 of 36,000 with a Von-Hippel Lindau mutation. Oh how I wish that where $136,000. Or better yet $1,136,000. Instead my life expectancy just became 49.

This gives me seven more years to cram in all the living. One of my friends hates when I say this. I’m 42 in case you didn’t do the…

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Jun 4, 2014

Composition of a Masterpeice ~ #fridayfictioneers ~ 6/6/14

Composition of a Masterpeice ~ #fridayfictioneers ~ 6/6/14

hokusai4rwf Composition of a Masterpeice

For a moment it felt like college again, late night cramming, last minute paper production.  I long since eclipsed this idle foolishness. Yet, here into the witching hours I race against the clock, time the reaper. I thought drawing cover art for my book of poetry would be easier. But as I inch ever closer to completion I begin to deteriorate more and more, hour…

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