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Velma loses her lunch

Velma strode to the lost & found.  Phew.  It was there.  After her last shift volunteering at the library, she’d returned to the rooming house to discover her beautiful robin’s egg blue lunch bag missing.  These small losses wore on … Continue reading

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Velma

Velma was so glad to get to the library.  The last few weeks had been a whirlwind.  Going back to the city, shopping for a party outfit with her high-energy friend Scarlett, a big party, a little too much drink, … Continue reading

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Velma

“Dear Scarlett:  You’ll be surprised to hear that I ventured out of my shell to a party this weekend!  Not like our New York City crowd, of course.  Girls from the rooming house, girls from the library, girls from the … Continue reading

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Velma

Velma is going to a party.  She’s been at the rooming house for several weeks, shocked to move in with all those other women.  Extra girls, spinsters, they refer to themselves as singles or ‘new women’ though not one of … Continue reading

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Imagined spaces

Velma ate  in her meager room those first weeks.  Cereal crackers toast and tea had kept her.  Kept her from choosing a group with whom to ally herself, from awkward dining chatter, from constant tending of hair, face, body, dress.  … Continue reading

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Velma

Velma felt like a girl again, not that awful word that the children from town often called her — spinster.  She had screwed up her courage and asked about being a library volunteer.  To her relief the library head was … Continue reading

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