A Sonnet for my Sister

Going into care was the best heartbreaking option The bird with ruined wings still hopes to fly,But keepers kind have feathered her last nest.Intending well, they turn her from the skyAnd urge her fragile, hollow bones toward rest. There was a time the sky was hers to roam;The wind, the sun, the open air, her friends.Her world’s now shrunk to this, her strange new home.Kind keepers say, all journeys have their ends. She flutters, fretful in the building’s bounds,Its other inmates long since turned to stone.The keepers kind, they wheel her ‘round the grounds.In sleep, she soars above them all…

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Tip: Pack the Wine Last

5 simple steps to preparing for a move Step 1: Sell your house If your house is in California, particularly anywhere in or near the San Francisco Bay Area, this is likely to happen with blinding speed. It’s nice to be on the shiny side of the region’s apparently pop-immune real estate bubble. Still, it’s a little disorienting when your house hits the market on a Monday and is in contract on Wednesday. Don’t complain. Nobody wants to hear it. Step 2: Notice you have a lot of stuff You downsized when you moved to this place, vowing to live forevermore in…

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