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This is Thirty – Fake Chestnuts

The fake chestnuts are falling in the garden across the street. They’re fake because they’re a different type – the shell is less sharp and pointed. In the tower house, there was a real chestnut tree out by the outhouse. If I moved my flip-flopped...

This is Thirty – Last Days

Today was my last day with Giulio. He’s getting a new nanny because they need more help and I need to work more on my writing as I gain more projects. I picked him up from school, his nose running from an oncoming cold (the teachers here don’t take care of...

This is Thirty – Oversized Memory Box

I’ve been working all day (after lunch at a place called Crazy Bar with new friends!) and am ready to head home from the Library, but I wanted to write first. When I get home tonight I want to put technology away, maybe have a fire in our firepit, and revel in...

This is Thirty – New England Autumn

Maple trees – with some leaves still green, and then some flaming yellow, some fading into a burning orange, then brilliant vermillion red. Hay bales and scarecrows on front lawns. The mornings when the grass in the shade still crunches with frost. Getting out...