A Mixed Bag: Words for Paying Attention

Holly Stallcup
A few words each week. Stories, poetry, essays. Grief, delight, the mundane.
Created 14 Jun 2021
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  • Haunted
    04 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    This week’s Mixed Bag is a little darker than usual. If you are already feeling a little (or a lot) down you may want to shelve this one, at least for a little bit. -Holly Black hollow still dark Door...
  • Wanting
    27 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    “Desire” feels like a dirty word to me. Like a middle schooler reading a Cosmo their mom doesn’t know about—thinking about desire in any context feels like it should be hushed and hidden. I’ve been th...
  • Like You
    20 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    I dreamt last night that I was hanging out with Maggie Rogers, one of my favorite musicians. We were at the community theater I grew up in, visiting in the lobby on the black vinyl benches, the fabric...
  • Beach Bag
    13 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Mom has been rushing around for days. Moms are always rushing, but this is different. Things thrown in bags, papers covered with words that the next day she draws lines through. We’ve gone to the stor...
  • Tending
    06 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 2 1
    My house has the biggest elephant ears I’ve ever seen. They line the garden bed behind the back window, and each morning heart-shaped leaves as big as beach balls stand far above my hips. The sun feel...
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