Open Mic

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Look Before You Leap

Aug 27, 2019
Deborah Prum

As I look back on my life, I’ll have to admit that I’ve been plagued by less than stellar judgment. I’ve identified three categories: pure bad judgment, bad judgment with good intentions, bad judgment with bad intentions.

Dreaming

Aug 27, 2019
Deborah Prum

I write for a living, which means I sit in front of a computer for hours. For years, I balanced on the edge of a rigid wooden chair. Later, I moved to a tipsy rolling chair. Neither provided back support. Four years ago, I bought a metal chair for a couple of dollars at a yard sale. As the sellers loaded it into my car, they warned me, “You know it’s broken, right?” I assured them it was better than the chair I had at home, which caused a lot of back pain.

Sparks of Joy

Mar 12, 2019
Deborah Prum

My Facebook feed is full of photos of shipshape garages, orderly closets and neatly stacked undies. Marie Kondo, an organizing consultant, encourages people to sort their belongings. And, if an object does not spark joy, toss it.

Some of my belongings don’t spark joy, yet I’d be loath to part with them. When I started de-cluttering my house, a chair, a magnifying glass and a hammer did not make the Kondo cut.

Flying Attack Owls

Mar 12, 2019
Deborah Prum

As a child, I never wanted to sleep in a room with an open closet door. When I was about five, my parents took us to visit friends in Buffalo, New York. I bunked with Jimmy, also about five, who pointed to a closet and said, “You gotta keep the door closed at night. That’s where the ghosts live.”

Why Not Pass the ERA?

Jan 24, 2019

When the Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee yesterday rejected the Equal Rights Amendment, its chair, Del. Margaret Ransone, said: “I don’t need words on a piece of paper — God made us all equal.”

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