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Fight or Flight

Imagine after eight years of marriage you hit that wall. The wall of no return, no return to yourself. You see a lifetime interfering with your dreams. Do or die. So you pack and you leave. Of course you have doubts but not enough to opt for slow death. You go your way, live your life, have adventures. You wake when you want, you never battle over inanities. You never have to negotiate with in-laws & in between t
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Naked Truth

Sunday Story ~ Naked Truth When he suggested they meet, Isabel was nervous, but curious, so she agreed. They would meet somewhere neutral. A restaurant by the river. Showing her age, Isabel felt silly having only known him from the Internet. This was a first for her but Isabel suspected he had done this before, although he denied it, Isabel didn’t believe him. In fact, there had been a time recently when he was
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The Knife

My neighbors and I, we had a spat, after which they cut the power to my apartment. I wanted revenge! It was a particularly hot day and so before I did anything rash I packed a book and my bikini and headed out. By the banks of the Sava River I read The Knife by Serbian author Vuk Draskovic (NB: Non-Serbs that is pronounced Voooook Draaaashkovitch). The first three quarters is a rant that covers Serbia’s history
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Pigeon Palace

I love Belgrade from all angles, even the air. Flying in one banks over a certain house that is distinctly visible, down to its details, and that’s because it’s not strictly a house, more of a Palace, the dimensions of which closely resemble a New York City block. From the air it is marvelous and from the ground it is also pretty swell. Beauty on a grand scale just proves that more is better. Since I’ve been in Belgr
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Tourist Tax

In the center of the old part of Belgrade is one of many open markets, a maze of individual covered stalls where when the weather is sunny the fruit putrefies, and potted herbs waft odiferously. And when the weather is drizzly the salespeople close up with tarps and padlock the surrounding metal fence. A while back I went to buy peanuts. I located a nut booth and from a distance observed the salesman. Obviously a wol
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Belgrade Summer

I’m in Belgrade, Serbia for the summer. I will never give up on Key West, but I am glad to escape the heat. However, turns out it’s hot here too. Hot during the days of searing azure skies and hot at night.  The days are easy as I slump beneath the a/c, usually in a comfortable deep sleep. The nights I fill with walks through the city, under curves of an orange moon, passing by late games of basketball where shirtles
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Peace

A party at the palace! Three days of festivities for HRH Crown Prince Alexander, his 70th birthday.  I was so excited I immediately wanted to share it with my friends. When I first arrived in New York City as a teenager I attended parties, invitations bespattered with dubious titles in fancy script. These parties were public and you could bring whomever you wanted, the more the merrier. The ‘success’ of these parties
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Some Love

It was a sunny day when you passed the movie theatre. The marquee promised something you thought you wanted to see, to feel.  You bought your ticket, a ticket to ride to the other side. Forgoing daylight you entered the cave of make-believe. You picked a worn red plush seat, center back. Others milled and settled until the lights dimmed, encasing you in a womb-like sanctuary, preparing you for the mental trip to a re
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Cassandra

Somewhere in the English countryside, with my mother when I was eight or nine years old, we were staying with friends of hers in a big beautiful house surrounded by hilly fields and forests. Notifying no one one afternoon I ventured off. I crossed a field where I noticed a herd of cows in the distance. I scaled a fence and dropped into another paddock. I padded through a forrest of ancient oaks, the ground bumpy with
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