And the pain of love

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He was three years old, maybe four, riding his tricycle in his family’s driveway when he lost his balance and fell off the seat onto the cold concrete below.

The landing startled him and his toddler brain grasped to understand what had just happened.

Feeling something wet on his bare…

The juice is worth the squeeze

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Recently, in a bout of curiosity, I sorted and scrolled back on my submission tracker list to see how long ago it was that I started seriously submitting my writing to literary magazines. 2011 was the earliest date on the list.

Not that I hadn’t submitted work before that, but…

Tales from the early days of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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If it’s October in Albuquerque, New Mexico then it must be hot air balloon season.

Since 1972 my hometown has hosted the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and every year it grows a little more. This year’s event kicks off October 2, 2021 and the fiesta is now an incredibly…

And one about rejection

So inspired by the magnificent work of P. S. Reed, I went back to my archives to look at some of my work from last year.

In 2020, writer’s block had taken hold which is hardly surprising. We were all dealing with a lot. After receiving a free download of…

Photos from a forgotten camera

From February 5, 2020, unedited photo of the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset by the author, ©Karen Fayeth

Back in what we colloquially call the “before times” (meaning before March 2020) my work desk was located at the edge of my employer’s work site in the East Bay hills of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Overwhelmed with the nature that surrounded the 1970’s era portable building I worked…

Remembering a San Francisco Blues legend

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I remember the very first time I entered the Grant & Green Saloon, conveniently located at the corner of Green Street and Grant Avenue in the heart of North Beach in San Francisco.

Still living in New Mexico then, I was on a business trip to the Bay Area and…

When a cover version gets my love

Over the past weekend, music correspondent and PR guy Eric Alper posed a question on Twitter that got me thinking:

Is it cool to talk about Vocal here on Medium? I don’t want to make a faux pas, but I just really want to talk about Vocal for a minute. …

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“I have to go,” he says, sitting up unexpectedly in my bed.

“What?” I ask, both startled and insecure. He is way out of my league and I am still so inexperienced. I’ve never had a boyfriend and he certainly isn’t that. Not yet.

“Can you smell it?” he asks.

And the benefit of a small adjustment

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When we said “I do” it was the best day of our lives. We took a modest honeymoon, yeah okay it was just a weekend backpacking trip, and then came home to our too small and much too dingy rental apartment.

It took us five years to both save and…

Karen Fayeth

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