ALLENA

When trials and tests come into my life I am always prepared to think and feel myself into inactivity.  The length and breadth of the situation, the varied possible outcomes, and the impact of each, play around in my head until I realize the day has passed.  Usually my thinking …

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Slave Collar

Johnny Cash once sent me an old slave collar from Jamaica.  It hangs over my desk. It hangs there like an evil thing, this curve of iron that round some slave’s neck curled and snapped . . . the slave long past, his collar worn rib-thin, rigid in rust as …

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