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  1. Lora Friedman
    May 15, 2018

    Phyllis, you’re a true artist. You paint with words, and every word counts. Reading this, I felt like I was right there in the pocket of the smart, sensitive girl who was you. Brava! Lora

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    • Phyllis Reilly
      May 18, 2018

      Thank you.

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  2. Nicole Levine
    May 17, 2018

    Another incredible story. You have a way, Phyllis.

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    • Phyllis Reilly
      May 18, 2018

      Thank you.

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  3. Joe Oestreich
    May 18, 2018

    Sad and beautiful. In keeping with the theme of this issue.

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    • Phyllis Reilly‘
      May 18, 2018

      Thank you. Phyllis Reilly

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    • Phyllis Reilly
      May 18, 2018

      Thank you.

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  4. Scott Loring Sanders
    May 19, 2018

    Good stuff, Phyllis. Have you ever read “Shame” by Dick Gregory by chance? There are some similarities and parallels for sure. I might teach them side by side in the future.

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    • Jan Priddy
      September 1, 2018

      There is another story, “Daddy Tucked the Blanket Around Mama’s Shoulders. Tears Were Dropping off His Cheeks” by Randall Williams from The New York Times in 1975. I think we need stories about poverty that do not preach poverty as immoral self-inflicted disease instead of the terrible situation our society should be ashamed exists. Too often we forget how difficult life can be even with two parents struggling to stay afloat.

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  5. Phyllis Reilly
    May 20, 2018

    I haven’t read “Shame” but I will, I should send you one of my stories. I think you might find it interesting. It is going to be published in Ponder Review either this month or in June. I have reworked it (as I always do). The reworked story is stronger. It casts a spotlight on the power of addiction and is titled. Last Dying Wish.

    I love the idea of side by side stories. I think it gives writers the courage to “Speak the Unspeakable,” There are many different interpretations of a situation. We all stand in our own space and see with our own eyes and emotions.
    That’s what makes writing magical.
    Thank you for your comments.
    Phyllis

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  6. Cindi Reiss
    June 10, 2018

    Beautifully told. The rhythms of childhood touched me as the saving grace that helped you through this difficult time. Your piece inspires me as I write my own memoir.

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  7. Phyllis Reilly
    June 14, 2018

    Thank you for your comments. If I have inspired you I am thrilled. Keep writing your story. I am all about speaking the unspeakable. It has is at the core of my writing.. It is not always easy to do.
    I am 76 years old. It took a while. Best of luck with your memoir.
    Phyllis

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  8. Andy Dulton
    September 10, 2018

    sorry about your dad.

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  9. Charlesanna
    October 24, 2018

    Keep it going Phyllis – I am delighted with your writings and sometimes so sad with the story.

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