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I’m standing in the kitchen, doing the dishes. I hear my kid and my husband in the living room. Playing. Giggling. I put food-encrusted silverware into the dishwasher. One of our dogs looks at me plaintively, silently begging to clean that silverware. I hear another laugh. I sigh. …

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This sweater says I’m empathetic, so I must be, right?

I looked at the stack of sweaters neatly folded on the table. There was black and mint green and pink and white, all in order by size, small to extra-large. Embroidered on the chest were words like Love, Kindness, Empathy. I picked up one liking the pretty script. I am…

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My husband asked me what I wanted to do for my upcoming birthday. I responded, facetiously, “to be left alone.” My husband stared at me for a second and responded with a “fine.” Sitting in awkward silence I realized maybe I wasn’t joking. Alone time sounded heavenly.

My kid is…

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I’m sure we’ve all seen the pictures from the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th. Horrified, unable to look away, but not at all surprised, I was glued to the news. One photo stuck with me. It wasn’t the Confederate flag inside the Capitol, or the guys climbing the…

Alaina Ruth

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