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Mary Zelinka

Mary Zelinka lives in Albany, Oregon, and has worked at the Center against Rape and Domestic Violence for more than thirty years. She recently moved to a Mennonite retirement village, though she is not Mennonite and has no intention of retiring.

— From January 2023
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Long After

Long after we divorced, long after you died of alcoholism, I still remember that day when I stepped out of the clinic, blinked hard against tears, sank into your VW Bug, pulled the door shut, and whispered, “I’m pregnant.”

January 2023
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

My Father’s Art

Photography suited my father, loner that he was. He’d come home from his job as an airline pilot, give Mother a peck on the cheek before changing out of his uniform, and drive off again with at least one of his three Rolleiflex cameras. When I was a child growing up in North Carolina during the early fifties, he’d acknowledge me only if I was in his direct path.

February 2009
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