Linda Gray Sexton

Soon, Sooner, Soonest

By Linda Gray Sexton / August 10, 2019 /

Soon, sooner, soonest…but not soon enough! This afternoon, when Dad was on the bed reading, I tried my usual hop up and missed! He and Mom started to laugh, but then stopped so they wouldn’t hurt my feelings. It was absolutely humiliating. My tummy gets bigger every day and they make me stand in front…

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Deepening The Spirit of Friendship

By Linda Gray Sexton / August 9, 2019 /

August fourth is National Friendship Day. Probably most of us don’t even know such a day exists. I didn’t, until I heard about it from a friend last week.  Celebrating this particular “holiday” is important, because we don’t often pause to think about how lucky we are to have all sorts of friendships–both near and…

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MY LIFETIME MAILBOX

By Linda Gray Sexton / August 3, 2019 /

It is a late Sunday afternoon, and I find myself musing over a current experience. In my days right now, there are several losses of love, significant losses–the kind that invite pain into my heart. I remember the past even as I experience the present, and know that in the future I will inevitably find…

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GUILT: THE INEVITABLE EMOTION

By Linda Gray Sexton / August 3, 2019 /

My life right now revolves around trying to rescue someone very dear to me. Jeanne is a crack addict and an alcoholic, resisting detox, resisting rehab, resisting the possibility of life. She may very well die and I feel guilty about not doing more to save her. I know all the wisdom about allowing addicts…

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STAYING CONNECTED WITH LIFE

By Linda Gray Sexton / August 2, 2019 /

under submission Twenty-five years ago, at my college reunion dinner, classmates pulled snapshots of their kids out of their wallets. This year, at my thirty-fifth, it was cell phone photos of their dogs that made the rounds after dessert. In retrospect, I wonder why it is that dogs have now taken over the spots in…

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AN EXTRAORDINARY PATH

By Linda Gray Sexton / August 2, 2019 /

under submission Even after our divorce, I didn’t meet my ex-husband’s new wife for three years, well after they had finally married and I had taken back my maiden name. Holding her close, he protected her—and he was right to do so, for I hated her more fiercely than I could begin to measure. He…

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COMING FULL CIRCLE TO LIFE

By Linda Gray Sexton / August 1, 2019 /

How did I get through the loss of Gulliver, the dog of my heart, to whom I dedicated Bespotted? How did I put away my grief and return to living and enjoying myself once again? The answer is a simple one: I bred a litter of puppies. Two years after Gulliver’s death, we sent our girl,…

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PUBLICATION PSYCHOSIS AND A PUPPY FIX

By Linda Gray Sexton / August 1, 2019 /

Writers keep bizarre schedules: some compose late at night, some early in the morning, some whenever the urge overwhelms them. I am a disciplined early riser–or should I say that my three Dalmatians are early risers who tromp all over me and my blankets until I get up and feed them at 6:45 a.m., just…

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The Greater The Obstacle, The Greater The Glory

By Linda Gray Sexton / July 17, 2019 /

The writing business is peculiar. One year you publish a novel or a memoir or a biography, and then as many as five years can pass while you write the next book. It takes an additional nine months or so for the publisher to get it into your local bookstore or up onto the digital…

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A Song For Juneteenth

By Linda Gray Sexton / June 26, 2019 /

As I write today, it is “Juneteenth,” the national celebration begun on June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger led Union soldiers into Galveston, Texas and announced that both the war and the scourge of slavery were over.  This date gives me pause, leading me to reflect on its joyful creation as well as…

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