A Poem

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Cat eye glasses,
Even in the tub so I can
Feel the glam
And see
I am always the meeting place between
Pleasure and functionality
Listening to Dua Lipa in my olive oil bath
I poured extra virgin into the tub, added lavender bubbles
Hot hot water
I am soup
My body eases in
To the tub
To the music
To my early 40’s
To the reality that even though I felt one way for a long time
Now I must feel another
Love came, love went, love will return better and new
Lather, rinse, repeat. …


Wildfire Smoke Outside, Delta Inside

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As I look outside my window here in Nevada, I see two things that I did not see last year: intense wildfire smoke with bad air quality and little kids walking to school. I think to myself, wow we have really already normalized this.

Last year, recall that in the beginning of the school year with air quality just as bad as it is right now due to wildfires, my kid’s school district sent out message after message for multiple days calling off school. …


Hint: Whatever Makes You Feel Your Best!

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As I write this I am torn between my leopard print jumpsuit and a red white and blue tiered off shoulder maxi dress. Why? Because tomorrow I have a date. It’s time. I feel ready. And I feel so nervous and so excited!

But this is not about me, this is about you, about us, about anyone — especially us women, who might be getting ready for a first date soon or in the near future.

I’ve searched the net and here’s the best advice — ready?

1). Wear what makes you feel your most comfortable best

Easy, right? This…


Observations from The West in Wildfire Season

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I am writing this as I look out my window. The sky is so strange, everything is a bit yellow and when I walked outside to take the trash out it all felt kind of ominous and weird. I remember last summer felt like this too, for days and days until ash rained down from the sky. Is this our new normal?

I have a feeling it is. A feeling based in all of that science about climate change, and based in patterns of past summers as heat and drought keep rising and more and more things burn.

This current…


A Girl With Glasses Book Review

Cover of The Vixon, Harper Collins 2021

vix·en

/ˈviksən/

noun

  1. a female fox.
  2. INFORMAL a spirited or fierce woman, especially one seen as sexually attractive

Published June 29th, 2021, The Vixon, a novel by Francine Prose takes us back to the early 1950s and to a nation in turmoil over what it means to be an American, who gets to be an American, and what and who are the threats to America.

From the back cover, “It’s 1953, and Simon Putnam, a recent Harvard graduate newly hired by a distinguished New York publishing firm, has entered a glittering world of three-martini lunches, exclusive literary parties, and old-money…


A Poem

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On the drive down to Vegas we saw
Wild horses, wild donkeys, a dead bloated cow, upside down
Military secrets, signs for hazardous waste
We saw where aliens might have landed, might land still
Where bombs go off and off and off, testing 1, 2, 3
In perpetuity

We saw a landscape change subtly
From some green, to all brown
With specks of bush, tiny fluffs of sage
Those cacti that are famous, or protected, or rare
Joshua Trees
Arms up, dancing without movement — nothing really moves here

The car rolls on, I worry about things
Overheating, blowing up this…


On Plans, Life Lessons and the Kindness of Strangers

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We were ready to wrap up our short Vegas vacation. My car, a 2011 Subaru, made the drive down so I assumed she could make the drive back — 7 hours through the desert, with few towns in between. It was going to be a hot day, temperatures were predicted to reach 115 in and near Vegas and stay in the 100’s for most of the drive back to Reno, so we left early in the morning at around 5am.

And then it happened. Somewhere around 80–90 miles outside of Vegas my car lurched and started to shake. I pulled…


The Credit Score It Gives Doesn’t Mean A Thing

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I was always proud of myself for downloading Credit Karma to work on my credit. I had perfect credit up until 2015 when I was financially taken out by a high conflict divorce and custody battle that resulted in my score dropping to the lowest of lows. But, I had Credit Karma so I felt like I was keeping an eye on things, doing my best to pay off what I could pay off, monitor what I could monitor, and even maybe one day apply for things that might help raise my credit score.

This week, I learned the hard…

Jenny Justice

Poet | Mom | Sociologist | Author | Brings Poetry to life with empathy, connection, joy, justice, and feeling. Poetry Fangirl ❤POM Poet❤

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