Writing Prompt: Surgeries

"Maybe every time you get into a paper gown you summon the ghosts of all the other times you got into a paper gown..." Leslie Jamison, "Empathy Exams." My eyes opened but everything was blurry. The florescent light was bright and I remained squinting. I heard an unfamiliar voice, a…

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Writing Prompt: How Are You?

Someone asks me how I am, and I say, "good." Every one says the same thing or a variation of the same thing: "fine," "well," "great," "okay," any word that has one syllable and gets the job done quick. No one REALLY wants to know how you are. What they…

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Writing Prompt: Office Party

It's 9:30pm. The bar has been open since 6pm, and I mean open--free to order whatever we want without it costing us a dime. Sure, there were appetizers and salad and rolls and entrees and dessert, but they were spread out over the last three and a half hours,…

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Baby, It's Stuffy Inside

One of my favorite holiday tunes has always been “Baby, it’s Cold Outside.” It’s catchy. It’s cheeky. It’s cozy. It’s coy. It’s all the happy “c” words. But in recent years, it’s been rather tarnished for me, since people have assumed the common…

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Writing Prompt : Twinkle Lights

Christmas twinkle lights set a mood. They hypnotize in the way that a glowing fire or rolling waves can. There is something that draws us in. Something that mesmerizes. Something that keeps us looking though the view doesn’t really change. When I was younger, I strung them along my…

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