Author Archives: Laura-Michal Balderson

Journal 5

For the First Time, Alone     Journal 5: The phone rings and rings and rings in the middle of the night.  It keeps ringing after the machine picks up.  Finally you answer it—groggy, irritated, and befuddled.  It’s the call … Continue reading

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Boxes

I sit cross-legged on the floor with a blanket wrapped tightly around my shoulders. The boxes around me aren’t in any particular order, which is part of the reason I couldn’t sleep. Disorganization makes me uneasy, whether it’s in my … Continue reading

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This journal is…

This journal is not like my other journals. I’ve been keeping a journal since I was about twelve, recording my life in different ways for different times. Sometimes it was unbelievably boring, but I wrote anyway. Sometimes it was exciting, … Continue reading

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Journal 2

I don’t normally dress this way, but it’s been a rough week. Nothing seems to take the right amount of time lately. My preservation group spent hours measuring the house for our final project, and we still don’t have all … Continue reading

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Journal 1

The cover of Burroway’s “Imaginative Writing” makes me think of a quilt. Little patches of color, all put together into something warm. There’s not really a pattern, but that’s ok. Sometimes the best projects don’t have patterns, they just happen. … Continue reading

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Test Post

This is a test.

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Journal 4

Cinnamon Roll Laura-Michal Balderson   Warmth. The slightly spicy smell wanders into my awareness and I inhale. The fragrance seduces my nostrils, first just a hint but soon the very atmosphere wrapping me like a quilt. A few more minutes. … Continue reading

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Ekphrastic Peom

The Lady of Shalott, oil on canvas By Laura-Michal Balderson   I was getting tired. The dim lighting necessary to preservation had dulled my senses. Most of my family waited ahead bothering each other on a bench at the end … Continue reading

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October 31, 1517

October 31, 1517 Laura-Michal Balderson   On a normal day he walked across the square and posted a page of parchment on the door of the church. No one paid attention, it was a common enough act. Ideas for discussion … Continue reading

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Maria Antonia Josephina Johanna

Maria Antonia Josephina Johanna Laura-Michal Balderson     On display, every inch of me is eyed. The hasty tent sways in the wind while they finish the sale. The girl, me, for some pieces of paper. I remember the long … Continue reading

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