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Paul Szudzik

Paul J. Szudzik | Moving heaven and earth

“It’s odd.” That’s all I thought when I walked out of the meeting and looked up at the fog-drenched night sky. A misshapen tree was outlined in the light of one of those cursed sodium vapor street lamps. A sepia glow backlit the eerie skeleton of a once vibrant tree, now denuded in the cool of winter; yet something was awry. Looking behind me at the stream of people leaving, […]

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The state of the girl

Women make up half of the world’s population and yet represent 70 percent of the world’s poor. Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, produce half of the world’s food, but earn only ten percent of the world’s income and own less than one percent of the world’s property. Girls born into poverty are subject to abandonment and left to die through the practice of female infanticide. As youngsters, […]

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Katie Bickell

Katie Bickell | From there to here

It was a dream.  In it, I wandered the halls of my old high school a last time, willing myself to find reason not to leave, Hey, you still need to sign my yearbook! Do you have summer plans this year, Ms. Ringrose? The future is a promise of only disappointment, fear. I’ll do anything to stay. With every tick of the clock hanging over the exit, I pang for […]

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Pamela Smith

Pamela Burditt | Mother

I SEEK TO BE LOVING and nurturing, understanding, compassionate, insightful, intuitive, creative, and wise. I seek divine femininity. I want that spark to ignite a deeper spiritual reality in me, one of creativity, love and wisdom. One I can share. When my children experience the messiness of life, I want them to know I won’t leave. That I’m there to help heal and enlighten, renew and restore. I seek to […]

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