Author Archives: Claire Haye

So many funerals

So many funerals… I live in a small town and I am of a certain age. This means people I know seem to be dying off on some unknown but regular schedule. Lately, I have been going to quite a few funerals. I…

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Celebrating…..death

 Celebrating Death Are we always sorry when someone dies? Could we possibly be glad or at least comfortable with their death? I am not talking about the tragic death of children, accident victims, and people taken in their vital years or suicides. Personally, I…

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a lament for unplanned parenthood

Lament for unplanned parenthood My womb has been…. seized By a committee of ole white men with tight eyes blue or grey spare the rod not Control the egg…..power to the sperm   Shall I Lay me down Give birth to Christ…they tell…

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Vulnerable

Vulnerable Years ago when I had a husband I also had a Mother-in-law. We married young- I was twenty-two and Michael was twenty-four. Michael’s mother was also young (I may not have thoughts so at the time) 48 years old and very very…

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“Evolved to Exercise”

“Evolved to Exercise” Today I went to the dentist. Every 90 days I have my teeth cleaned. My body produces an extreme amount of tartar. Seriously, I floss, drench my teeth with a water pic and avidly use my electric toothbrush, but I…

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$$$$$

$$$$$ The latest government crisis has certainly brought into focus the disparity between the moneyed elite and the so-called middle class bureaucratic workers who help run the day to day of our country. How many Senators would work without pay? Did you guess…

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Too Old

Too Old Often, a child identifies more strongly with one parent. This may be reinforced by comments: “You are just like your father.” said in a not necessarily friendly tone. Or “You remind me of my Grandma Marie.”  (the one who had nineteen…

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Choose your Pain

Choose your Pain I never thought of “pain” that is physical pain as being a constant in my life.  I have known and experienced plenty of emotional pain: grief, insecurities, humiliations, rejections and anger.  I understood than human life brings frustrations and failures…

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Work

Work I have been working very hard. In the last six months I finished a 7 foot soft sculpture, completed and installed a 5’ x 7’ ceramic mural, put together a three figure life size ceramic piece that I had not touched in…

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Birthdays etc.

  I am one those people who remembers other people’s birthday. Are you? I never thought that my memory would become so crowded with the birthdays of people that I loved and admired that have passed on. Adding to the congestion.  I often…

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