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Tina L Porter

Sweet and Sour Sorrow

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I licked chocolate pudding off the foil top while Lucinda Williams sang “Little Honey” and the sun faded behind a darkening cloud and the missing you feeling that sits always in some part of me let loose a happy melancholy that matched the taste of chocolate pudding and Lucinda’s sweet and sour sorrow Missing you […]

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Tina L Porter

I want you to read this book

Faith, Family, Food No Comment

I came away from this book wondering all the ways I used shame as my children were growing up—shaming them, shaming myself, amplifying the “bad” behavior. It’s only recently, as my children have become women, that I recognize all the signs of ignoring the why while focusing on how that why manifests.

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Tina L Porter

Here in the Middle Book Event

Family, Parenting No Comment

Oh, I’m super excited. Next Saturday, I’ll be joining some of the other authors in the Chicago-land area for an author meet-and-greet/book signing for Here In The Middle. If you are in the area, join us (details, below). If you can’t make it, here’s a slide show to share some of the people in the […]

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Tina L Porter

In the Middle

Family, Grace, Love, Parenting 2 Comments

Today is the day! Release day for an anthology of essays written by some really thoughtful writers and compiled by excellent editors. Here in the Middle is a collection of stories about what has sometimes been called the “Sandwich generation.” But it isn’t really about a generation, it’s about a time in life when mothers and fathers […]

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Tina L Porter

Ain’t Gonna F*ck Around No More

Gender, Grace, Race, Sexual Assault No Comment

Fair Warning on language and on the habit of chaning song lyrics. And just about everything else–if you aren’t offended by parts of or the entirety of this post, I’ll feel I have missed the mark. You have been warned. This morning, the tune of a song was rattling around in my head. But the words […]

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Tina L Porter

94. My Soul

100 days of poetry, Beauty, Poetry No Comment

Partial lyrics of a hymn come to me in the quiet “oh my soul, my soul” I wonder who else is launching that lament into this night’s sky? Syrian orphans? Indigenous Water Protectors? Black mothers? People of faith (or not) made victim of an election cycle designed, it seems, to tear us all from each […]

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92. Pad See Ew and You

Family, Grace, Parenting, Poetry No Comment

Thai food is a treat almost as much as seeing you, my love, my baby, my friend. How lovely to look up from my noodles that slap my face and soil my shirt to see you there, looking back at me. Precious, rare, sweet and spicy– pad see ew and you.

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91. Love Song

100 days of poetry, Family, Grace No Comment

I’ll sing a song to you tonight, a song of tender love; drowning the sound the old cat makes as he bathes and bathes and bathes. The song will be forever sweet, so sweet your lips ache and smack for chips in need of a sting like when I used to sing to you before […]

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86. For my daughters in difficult times

100 days of poetry, Family 1 Comment
86. For my daughters in difficult times

You are the reason the world moves forward. You hold the traits of many a grandmother within your DNA, within your heart You have the kindness and tenacity and moral outrage of women in numerous lines stretching back through harrowing circumstances, and they survived, resulting in you. They live in you, with their fierce love […]

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Tina L Porter

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