Barbara Clarke

“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
~ Mark Twain

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First Love – Redux

First Love – Redux

When the phone rang I was wrapped in a towel from the shower, thinking it was my mother calling. “I’m Janice, committee chair of the 1959 class reunion. We finally tracked you down. And now that I have you,” she said in a cryptic tone, “I know someone who would be...

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Road Trip – 1990

Road Trip – 1990

Our road trip started at dawn, leaving behind the farm, Jack’s orchard chores, my daily writing sessions, and Holly in our neighbor Daniel’s care. Jack was eager to hit the road. He had an idea, somewhat like the one that brought us to Salem, of co-owning a Florida...

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Medice cura te ipsum

Medice cura te ipsum

“Physician, heal thyself” is a proverb that has been used in literary texts from at least the 6th century B.C. The moral of the proverb is that physicians should care for themselves in order to better care for the illnesses of others. Unfortunately for all of us, more...

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