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Melanie Bettinelli

The Magic Ring

(Stories from My Childhood) I have this idea for a little series of essays I’d like to write. I have no idea if it would be interesting to anyone but me… but recently I’ve been fascinated by some memories from my early childhood of...

It’s Been Ten Months

The other morning for the first time in I don’t know how long I woke up and thought about writing on my blog and it didn’t fill me with dread or send me into a tailspin of anxiety or the whirlwind of obsessive thoughts. I just thought:...

Home Again and End of Year Musings

So much has happened since I last wrote in this space. I’ve been meaning to write and meaning to write, so much to say! But life keeps getting in the way and while writing often doesn’t feel like work in good times, when things are hard...

Settling in Plymouth

  It feels like I’ve been caught up in a fairy tale. Who could believe it? One minute our house is drowning– my sister told the kids that it was being attacked by water dragons. Wise sister, knows that fantasy can turn even the...

Temporarily Homeless, Part 3: Plymouth

The insurance adjustor says they’ll pay for us to stay in a residential hotel, two one-bedroom suites. We argue… seven people in four rooms for a month or more… sounds like hell. We make a counter-offer, combing Vrbo and...

Temporarily Homeless, Part 2: Cape Cod Escape

A friend offers his family’s vacation house on Cape Cod for a couple of weeks. We accept his offer. And once all our things are packed and moved we check out of the hotel and decamp to the Cape. It’s a gorgeous vacation cottage in...

Temporarily Homeless

It was a slow trickle. The floorboards in the hall seemed wet. Did someone spill something? The water was definitely under the floorboards. They sloshed when you walked down the hall. Water oozing up with every step. The wet area got bigger and...

Book Notes July 2021

1. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland A fun science-fantasy time travel romp. Gosh I went in not knowing anything about DODO, not even that it had time travel and I really don’t want to spoil it for anyone. It...

Book Notes June 2021

1. A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman A juvenile novel set somewhere in India (I don’t think it’s ever made clear where the protagonist lives) with a first person narrative told as a series of lyric poems. Veda has been certain she has...

Interior, Blue

Interior, Blue A woman sits in a room alone at a table. Not a table with food or a table with work. A table that gleams faintly in the sunbeam that comes from the far window. Her eye traces the grain of the wood where the light makes it gleam and...

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