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Shortchanged: a biography

© 2003 Brenda Lee Renwick

She was born at her parents' home in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts on a blustery, frigid day.  Tiny, premature and with barely enough strength to squall her displeasure at such an untimely entrance, she earned only the comment, "She probably won't live, Eva," from her father, William.
Eva, as optimistic as she was naΓ―ve, named her unexpected child Irene Therese.  Eva hadn't known she was pregnant.  After almost ten years of waiting and hoping, she had finally concluded that she was barren.  When her stomach unaccountably began to swell, she thought she had a tumor.  It was one of her more sensible sisters, called to the "deathbed" of a frightened Eva, who told her she was in the process of becoming a mother.
Since she hadn't known she was pregnant, she didn't know how early the child had come.  It was 1925; the incubators and other miracles of modern medicine were as yet nonexistent. Irene was wrapped in flannel cloths and …
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This is a poem  - a song or ditty really - that I wrote during the drive to work a few years back.

Spring!  Oh Spring -
       It is here at last!
The wretched winter is in the past;
       We won't get hit
with an icy blast -
 it's spring , it's spring, It's spring!  

I shared this with my coworkers when I got to work.  Some of them laughed, some of them just rolled their eyes.  Oh well.

A Sense of Finality: a short story (based on truth)

I watched him weave through the potted plants and tables as he worked his way over to me.  I sat in a red upholstered booth  with a sticky tablecloth.  Cheap paper placemats printed with the Chinese zodiac lay beneath the napkin wrapped silverware. Cracked vinyl menus waited beside each place.
As he walked the last five feet and slid into the booth across from me I thought, when did I stop thinking he was handsome and charming and start seeing that he's weak and pathetic? Did he always slouch?
I suppose my greeting was less than cordial.  "Hello, Roger."
He grunted and studied the menu.
After we'd ordered our lunches I folded my hands on the placemat in front of me.  Might as well get this over with,  I thought.   "About the arrangements - "
"Are you really going to go through with this?" He asked impatiently.
I studied his face before answering.  Nothing there made me sorry about my decision.  "Yes."
He slammed his hand down on the tabl…

Chained by Choice

I changed my mind.  Instead of  telling you why I have PTSD I'm going to ask you to read my book: "Chained by Choice".  It's based on a true story - my story. I've changed the names and added a few sidetracks. The story takes an abrupt about-face somewhere towards the end. I added a situation to make the story more believable, because the truth is not, and because I don't want to be sued by someone who recognizes the story.
So please read "Chained by Choice."   Make sure it's by me because there's another book by the same name. It's available on Amazon along with my two other books.  Amazon is selling them for $16.00. I have a few copies available that I'll sell for $5.00 plus $3.99 s&h

Mail your check or money order to:
                                             Brenda Lee Renwick
                                            3347 Hickory Neck Blvd.
                                                      Toano, VA   23168

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Surprise! πŸ˜›

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Introducing Me

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