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Welcome to Newsletter #163

A bunch of tales I wanted to share with you

A tale I read

Laughing by Dan Rhodes
[Laughing by Dan Rhodes]

A tale I heard

Former tennis player Andre Agassi on the secret to his 18-year (and counting) marriage to Steffi Graf:

"I don’t think there is any real secret to a happy marriage, but there are some necessary working parts. I think you need two whole people that truly don’t need each other, respect and love each other in a way that has full discipline and commitment. We are two individuals that have lived full lives and we don’t react to each other, we respond to each other."

A tale I saw

All We Ever Wanted Was Kindness by Jess Green

A tale I wrote


There's a purple houseplant to the right of me,
a laptop sitting on a stack of board games in front of me, 
a switched off desk fan behind me on a makeshift coffee table,
and a mustard yellow woolen blanket draped
over a scuffed, bluey-grey foot stall to my left.
There's aggressive looking rain outside my flat.
There's a crying tree outside my flat.
There's shops and people and cars outside my flat.
There's clouds and houses and decisions
and arguments and cracks in tarmac
and buses with dimmed lights and For Sale signs
and moody cats and stop signs and oil stains
and dying leaves and dead leaves outside my flat. 

A tail I like

[A tail I like]
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