Overlapping Readings?!

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Not in a bajillion years would I have dreamt of this date clash: my girlfriend Emily and I have readings on the same night! The weirdest part is that I have a reading at all; Em’s an old pro at this, I’m a rookie.

The readings are Thursday, May 14. Emily is reading from her book. Yes, the poetry and watercolor book she recently published, Lending Color to the Otherwise Absurd. She’ll be at Women & Children First Bookstore at 5233 N. Clark Street at 7:30.

I’m reading an essay with my other classmates from second semester at The Writer’s Studio, starting at 7 pm at the Royal Cafe at 6764 N. Sheridan Road. It’s an Ethiopian Restaurant where you can bring your own beer and wine and feast from the wonderful and affordable menu.

I keep thinking, “who’d have thunk?” It’s a crazy expression my sister used all the time and it drove. me. crazy. God, I wish she were around to say it one more time. She sure would for this occasion. But then again, I wonder. The way that question keeps popping in and out of my mind, maybe she is somewhere near. Emily just told me at lunch the other day she’s certain we all come back. Interesting synchronicity, isn’t it?