I took a quiz to determine my emotional age once. It turned out I was split exactly between four-year-old and sixty-plus. “Sounds about right,” a friend said. Everyone else in the room nodded.

I’m married, mother of one and, if all goes well, of a rainbow baby (i.e. born after…


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I am speaking with my agent over the phone. She is a cheerful, enthusiastic young woman. She does not know that I am going to let her down. I know I am going to let her down. I hate having to let her down.

“I am so excited that you…


Photo: author’s copy of Adrienne Rich’s Poetry and Prose, Norton critical edition

I discovered Adrienne Rich in my final year of college, at 21. She was on the curriculum of a modern poetry class. As I went through the Norton critical edition of her poetry and prose, I fell for her poetry. Her first works were written in careful meter, while she…


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Quiet children dream of wide-berth ships
Taking them to the end of the world
Where time flies away
Quiet children dream their way out.

Their future life will only contain sunlight and new horizons.
Quiet children lower their heads, ready to face storms, dragons, volcanoes.
They won’t be afraid: they face these…


Photo by Amy Shamblen on Unsplash. Love at first “Braaaiins!”

Yes, girl, the answer to your dating woes is available. Like in a rom com, he was here all along and you just didn’t see him that way. He’ll blow your mind. He’s a cutie. He’s a zombie.

1. Zombies are great fitness buddies

The moment a zombie enters your world, your heart will beat faster.


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From Mrs Meier, apartment 2B, to the other tenants

Reminder: it is forbidden to do your laundry on Sundays in the laundry room. Take note, 1B. You too, 3A.

It is forbidden to leave your laundry hanging around. Pick it up at the end of your allotted time in this…


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“May the long-time sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you guide your way on”

The melody soared from our core and spread inside the room. The kundalini yoga session was at an end; I felt cleansed and energised. Still, a question nagged. …


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This doll looks like a troubled soul, it’s true, but it doesn’t have to mean anything, and those dark spots on the bottom of its dress might just be sauce. Yes, it’s holding a knife with a red blade, but maybe it’s supposed to be dicing tomatoes? Why can’t a…

Luz Maupin

I write for people who’d rather understand before they judge. Check my booklet of prompts for journaling: https://tinyurl.com/y2n7dt9l, https://tinyurl.com/y

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