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Posts by: Beverly Parayno

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #51: Pet Psychic Marla Steele

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Each year on my dog Isso’s birthday, I give him the gift of voice: a reading with pet psychics/animal communicators who “talk” to Isso about his likes and dislikes, requests, preferences and physical ailments, if any. Of all the pet psychics I’ve worked with, Marla Steele has been the most informative, precise, and insightful, and has always provided me with information that improves my relationship with my dog.

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Yiyun Li’s “A Soldier Home”

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Late last night I sat in the Labor & Delivery waiting room in the hospital where my brother and sister-in-law were preparing for the birth of their first child.  They had checked in early that morning, but the baby still hadn’t arrived.  I was the only family member who could make it to the hospital, so I waited alone, except for the anxious grandmother across from me who had been waiting all day for her first grandchild to be delivered.  I thought about Raymond Carver’s story “A Small, Good Thing,” and wondered if I should reach out to this woman in the same way Ann Weiss does with the family whose son is undergoing surgery.

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