The Safe Place

©Joy Dunlap  https://joydunlap.com The family of four who arrived for dinner first came into my vision at a distance. Two were relative newborns, wobbly legs and trusting faces. Mom and dad were wary – more cautious and hardened by the realities of the world. I let...

Gutter Life or Good Life?

©Joy Dunlap  https://joydunlap.com “Thump.”  The loud noise in the sunroom sounded as if a branch or a bird slammed into a window, or a mechanical device turned on, but as it happened again and again, the squirrel became the suspect.     A couple of weeks prior, a...

What Scars Show Us

©Joy Dunlap  https://joydunlap.com The scar awakened memories.  Yet, rarely do I think of it these days. Perhaps an ache from exercise, a twinge from how I slept, or a stumble drew my attention back to the light-colored mark across my kneecap. Staring at the scar took...

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