Tag Archives: Laurie Works

It’s Complicated

CC image courtesy of Flicker, Studio Incendo. Editorial note: The following is reprinted with permission from Laurie Works’ blog. It was originally published on June 18, 2015. When I tell people about my relationship with my dad now, sometimes they’re surprised. For one, I still talk to him. A lot of people think this is weird. I think… yes… but he’s my dad. I

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Take the Long Way Home

CC image courtesy of Flicker, jmawork. Editorial note: The following is reprinted with permission from Laurie Works’ blog. It was originally published on August 31, 2015. It’s not the context of the words but the words themselves that dig deep and gather some footing in my heart soil. “Take the long way home… take the long way home.” The rest of the lyrics

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Sexuality, Then and Now

CC image courtesy of Flickr, Mr. Enjoy. Editorial note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published as a guest post in a series on March 4, 2016. Laurie Works, the writer of this post, blogs at laurieworks.com. Lately, I’ve been thinking about relationships and sexuality. Who am I kidding. I’m always thinking about sex. I have

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The Patron Saint of Lost Causes (The Day My Sisters Died, Part 3)

CC image courtesy of Flickr, Emanuele. Content warning: gun violence, mass shooting Laurie Works is a homeschool alum, community organizer, and spoken word poet. She is also a mass shooting survivor. In December 2007, two of her sisters, Rachel and Stephanie Works, died during the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs. The shooter, Matthew Murray, was also homeschooled. The

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Alexithymia (The Day My Sisters Died – Part 2)

CC image courtesy of Google Images. Content warning: gun violence, mass shooting Laurie Works is a homeschool alum, community organizer, and spoken word poet. She is also a mass shooting survivor. In December 2007, two of her sisters, Rachel and Stephanie Works, died during the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs. The shooter, Matthew Murray, was also homeschooled. The

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The Unwinding Cable Car (Or, The Day My Sisters Died, Part 1)

CC image courtesy of Flickr, Michele M. F.. Content warning: gun violence, mass shooting Laurie Works is a homeschool alum, community organizer, and spoken word poet. She is also a mass shooting survivor. In December 2007, two of her sisters, Rachel and Stephanie Works, died during the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs. The shooter, Matthew Murray, was also homeschooled.

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The Joseph Story, Like You’ve Never Heard It Before

CC image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Editorial note: The following is reprinted with permission from Laurie Works’ blog. It was originally published on January 9, 2014. Once upon a time, the story of Joseph nearly ruled my life. You know, the biblical story of the dude who had 11 brothers who betrayed him and sold him into slavery in Egypt. I was Joseph. Sold

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Here’s to taking a deep breath and jumping off the cliff…

CC image courtesy of Flickr, Daveynin. Editorial note: The following is reprinted with permission from Laurie Works’ blog. It was originally published on July 23, 2013. I was talking to a friend the other day and describing some of my childhood, and I realized that I haven’t written much about it here. I’ve written about it in vague, hidden descriptions only. Like a warning

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For Matthew

CC image courtesy of Flickr, Sally Crossthwaite. Content Warning: gun violence, mass shooting Laurie Works is a homeschool alum, community organizer, and spoken word poet. She is also a mass shooting survivor. In December 2007, two of her sisters, Rachel and Stephanie Works, died during the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs. This poem is her reply to the shooter,

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