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From, Anita de Monte Laughs Last

Human will is a particularly powerful magic.  Alchemy happens when a person truly decides something; when a mind is changed.  We'd shared exchanges like this hundreds of times before, my husband and I. Tiny acts of violence enacted with words. Exchanges that had cut and left me bleeding, with my best stuff - confidence, clarity-pooling down, away from me, onto the floor.  But not that night.  No.  Because that day I had decided to reclaim my might; to cease to be shrunk.  And in my decision, I'd grown a new version of myself.  My new skin thick like coconut shells, impervious to his attempts to crack my joy.  My triumph at my accomplishments, my exultation with my own art, euphoria at this new power I'd discovered in simply deciding to change my mind.  All of it now in safekeeping, deep inside my new self.  I pulled from his embrace and turned to him, with a smile so genuine on my face and I said: ".........."

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Anita de Monte Laughs Last
by Xochiti Gonzalez

"Unflinching and thought provoking." -People

"Unforgettable."  - Marie Claire

"Mesmerizing." - TIME


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