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Here, long-ago events are no different from recent ones, as past and present blend into one color, just like the sky and water at dusk. Everything — pain and sorrow, joy and discovery, an artist and a poet, little girls and young women — becomes memory, held safely in the embrace of Round Pond.

Christine Cleary’s essays and articles have appeared in The Sun Magazine, Yankee Homes, Growing Up in North Cambridge, and the Boston Globe, and broadcast on National Public Radio. In her communications work at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, she writes profiles of cancer patients and their families, and helps edit and publish
their own stories. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the daughters featured in this story live in Boston.

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2 Responses to Mermaids

  1. Nancy Andrusic April 16, 2009 at 9:29 am #

    Beautiful writing, we just lost a friend to cancer and hope his spouse will experience the life you describe. Thank you for sharing a part of your soul.

  2. Cathy Mealey April 23, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    We’ve loved Round Pond for years – and envy your finding a cottage to rent there. How well I know that path where your mermaids pose! Can you recommend a realtor providing summer rental listings? Thanks for your beautiful story.

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