Author Archives: Sheila Nevins

The Gloves

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A story of fear and trembling … Do you have fears? How do you overcome them? Are you counterphobic? (i.e., doing what scares you to prove you’re okay) The Gloves Amelia E. Peterson was not a white-knuckle Flier. She was a white-knuckle person, But She wore gloves. White gloves to cover her fears. Never revealing […]

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Letter to a Dead Great-Aunt: A Personal Memoir

Did you ever want to write a letter to someone dead? What would you say? This is what I wrote to my Great-Aunt Celia. Sheila Nevins New York City United States of America July 2008 Great-Aunt Celia Mount Zion Cemetery: Section 43 Queens, New York United States of America Dear Great-Aunt Celia, It is nearly […]

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Eunice’s Period. Stopped

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Eunice remembered the day she got her Period. Yippee. Cause She was late and nearly Thirteen. Some friends would blush about it all But on her red-banner day, Eunice brazenly entered Murphy’s Pharmacy. “A box of Kotex,” she said, loudly — proudly, “And a belt with pins for sanitation napkins.” “Congratulations, Eunice,” said Mr. Murphy. […]

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Losing One Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty Pounds

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How Ann Marie lost the same 25 pounds again, and again. Please help her. Ann Marie had lost some twelve-hundred-and-fifty pounds over the course of some fifty years Not at once but In an eternal draconian struggle with the same Twenty-five pounds. Fiercely attacking this poundage with Doctors of various specialties Psychiatrists, hypnotists, and a […]

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The Smiths’ Dilemma

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What should a couple do with leftover laboratory-frozen fertilized eggs after the couple has completed their family? The Smiths’ Dilemma Meadow Smith had once been a Frozen embryo Her father’s aging sperm was unable To make the perilous swim up her mother’s Fallopian tubes At 50+, having never been a good swimmer, Mr. Smith had […]

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To Lose a Child

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Based on a personal experience, a poem to honor mothers who have lost their children in Myanmar and Sichuan. Is there a worse pain than the loss of a child? To Lose a Child I watched my friend suffer When her child died And I knew that she would die Though Breathing For the rest […]

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First Kiss

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Do you remember your very first kiss or has it faded … First Kiss I ran into my first love on the streets of N.Y.C. Sweet love from decades Ago. Forty years. He was elderly – “Sheila,” he said “Oh my God.” He was my very first tongue kiss My rubber band braces snapped And […]

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The Dictator, The Farmer & The Professor

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How do you deal with aging parents facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? Read the poem and comment below. The Dictator, The Farmer & The Professor The DICTATOR thought The orange Was the world And he squeezed the juice All over His hospital robe in the clinic That bore his name “Naughty, Naughty,” said the nurse […]

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Who Is She? The Final Episode

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Time: April 30th, 4:06 AM Place: The Bedroom, Jericho, Long Island On the morning of April 30th, the day she was to meet Jonathan Marston, she awoke startled. She was sweaty and frightened. Her dream disturbed her. She remembered it in detail — colors, words spoken, temperature and time. She sat upright in bed trembling […]

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Who Is She? Part Three

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The alarm clock rang at six o’clock AM. She asked Bart if he’d mind having breakfast alone. “Sure,” he said. She told him she had had a rough night and trouble sleeping. “Feeling sick?” he asked. “No,” she said, “just wiped.” She turned over in bed and pulled the light blanket over her head to […]

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