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Posts by: Elissa Wald

Sunday Rumpus Fiction: Real Men

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My husband Joe is someone who turns on the television when he comes into the house and leaves it on as background noise even when he’s not watching it. I am someone who wouldn’t have a TV at all, if I could help it. But Joe is a firefighter and a hard-working man, and I try […]

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Night Shifts

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When I was a very young woman, I was enthralled by two promises, neither of which involved me. I heard the first at the wedding of a friend. She and her husband-to-be had written their own vows and they read them to each other at the ceremony. The groom led with this indelible sentence: If […]

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