Diary of a Hopeful Starving Student

This is a place for hope.

V Peracchio

V Peracchio
Location
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.A.
Birthday
August 03
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Writer
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I am delightful company!
Bio
Once upon a time this writer was a reporter/photographer and columnist for a large weekly newspaper in New York City, worked at the Center for Publishing at N.Y.U., worked at Kirkus for one whirlwind semester and eventually was an editor at Scholastic. After two very eventful years on cable television in New York City, this writer was voted off the island. Today this writer is a student and soon-to-be published author (all fingers and toes are crossed) living in reduced circumstances. She is ever hopeful and even though her stomach may rumble from time to time, she is usually somewhat reasonably well fed. Most importantly this writer is a recovering or former New Yorker, (recovering seems more apt), who is quite happily transplanted elsewhere. She blooms where she is planted. ************************ You can contact me at diaryofahopefulstarvingstudent@ gmail.com

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JANUARY 10, 2014 3:33PM

Glowing

Writing by cozy candle light on a grey winter's day

Sharing a fuzzy blanket with Smokey as he purrs

Honey leaning next to me on the sofa and barking along with the wind

Chris holds my hand, lifts it up and kisses it

As he tells me again that he loves… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 24, 2013 9:23AM

Merry and Bright

This holiday season things have turned out to be decidedly merry and bright.

It took an enormous amount of effort to change course after Thanksgiving. Fortunately I found my way beyond the trail of tears in November.  After much thought, lots of consideration and all the insight I could summon,… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 29, 2013 8:35PM

Blackest Friday

This year Thanksgiving drowned in tears.

That says it all.  For sure and for certain. 

 

 

 

 

 

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OCTOBER 20, 2013 9:54AM

Heaven

Every so often I catch a glimpse

Of what it is like to transcend

And go beyond all we have

Right in front of us

And I know without arriving

What heaven is like

I can feel the sum total of all joy

And hope

And faith

And  charity

That exists… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2013 10:36AM

Saint Ann Is a Nasty B-tch

I have just about had it with that Saint Ann.  I am starting to think I may have been right about her the first time. Secretly she really may be a piece of work.

So I said the Saint Ann prayer twice recently.  And where is MY man? Nowhere to be… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 7:22AM

St. Ann Has a Wicked Sense of Humor

Saint Ann has one wicked sense of humor.  So I said the Saint Ann prayer. Not once.  I said it twice.  That's right.  Twice, mind you. Would you like to know what happened?

I bet you would.

It turns out that Saint Ann has the same wicked sense of humor that… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 9:15PM

St. Ann, St. Ann, Send Me a Man

My godmother, my Aunt Terri, used to say this failsafe prayer when everything ended up the opposite of what she had hoped for where the menfolk were concerned.  My Aunt Terri swore that this prayer works like a charm.  So here goes.

"Saint Ann, Saint Ann, send me a man.  Send me… Read full post »

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JUNE 24, 2013 2:42PM

Named

To My Three Readers,

Moments ago I edited my account so that my name is now seen here on my work.  I am proud of the writing I have done here, and from the very first day when I joined Open Salon on September 12, 2009, I have been working here… Read full post »

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"Oh, kiss me beneath the milky twilight; Lead me out onto the moonlit
floor, lift your open hand; Strike up the band and make the fireflies
dance; Silver moon's sparkling, so kiss me..."

Gerard and Hope have been walking for miles by the lake.  Dinner is
done.  The night is just beginning.

The… Read full post »

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Hope and her date have finished dinner, and Gerard reaches for her
hand again.  Hope smiles and her eyes light up as she looks across the
table.  Gerard squeezes her hand and then smiles too.

It is an expression not often seen on Gerard's face.  He looks at
least ten years younger and alm… Read full post »

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MAY 23, 2013 9:18PM

The Beast Says the Unimaginable

Gerard looks right into Hope's eyes, holds her hand and says the unimaginable.

"You make me want to change my mind completely.  I think you really
could too," he says while flashing a wistful smile.

Hope is smiling right back at Gerard. 

I think I can.  I think I can.  I thinkRead full post »

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MAY 23, 2013 12:46PM

The Beast Reaches Out to Hope

Hope reconsiders her silence.  It could be misconstrued as agreement.
Heaven forbid.  This is Hope's opportunity to clarify the terms and
discuss Gerard's dating disclaimer.  Best not to wait and make Gerard
think they have an understanding.  Certainly not.

Hope's grandparents on her… Read full post »
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MAY 22, 2013 11:26PM

Hope and the Beast

"Tale as old as time; True as it can be; Barely even friends; Then
somebody bends; Unexpectedly; Just a little change; Small to say the
least; Both a little scared; Neither one prepared; Beauty and the
Beast..."

Chef Gerard, AKA the Beast, is studying his menu as if he's preparing
for a final exam. … Read full post »

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MAY 22, 2013 7:51PM

A Beastly Date

Hope's date with the chef seemingly ends before it begins.

Just shortly after being seated at a cozy table in the Parthenon
restaurant in Greektown, he makes a stunning announcement.  Hope can't
believe her ears, and then he repeats it.

"I never want to get married again.  Never aga… Read full post »

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MAY 21, 2013 7:04PM

Something Unravels Pre-Date

Hope is more than a bit nervous before her date with Chef Gerard.  AKA
The Beast.

Hope does a quick check of her outfit one last time before she leaves
her apartment.  She applies her Philosophy lip gloss and looks in the
bathroom mirror.

Something is missing.  I need one last finishing tRead full post »

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"You don't have a snowball's chance in you-know-where!  MISSY!"

Hmmff....Well I never.  Really.  Never.  No.  Seriously.  Never.  Ever.

I have been receiving the most vicious hate mail since picking up my little pebbles and throwing them at Mr. Bob Eckstein.

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MAY 19, 2013 8:32PM

Something Delicious

Hope enters the dining hall and sees the chef from a distance, surrounded by a group of students.    All conversation in the group grinds to a halt.  Chef Gerard smiles and nods at Hope, and the rest just stare.  She smiles in his direction and walks by quickly.

Hope finds a… Read full post »

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MAY 18, 2013 4:20PM

27 Dresses and One Hot Tart

Hope enters her friend Sari's apartment just as the movie 27 Dresses
is starting.  When her friend sees her enter, she hits the pause
button, and the interrogation begins.  Hope has information, and
everyone wants it.  Now.

"You're finally here.  Tell us what happened with the hot pi… Read full post »

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MAY 15, 2013 8:04AM

I love you best.

 Ronnie

My niece, Ronnie 

Dear Ronnie,

I want to tell you how proud  I am of you.  From the first time I held you, I knew you would grow up to do great things.  I was right.  I am so, so proud of you.

You are doing so well in school,… Read full post »

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MAY 12, 2013 5:16PM

Something Worth Holding Onto

Hope locks eyes with him and counts to three.  They are both smiling
and standing in very close proximity to one another by the counter in
the dining hall.  Hope leans for a moment, as if in need of support, and
then stands tall.  The gentleman has not let go of Hope's hand yet.
Neither… Read full post »
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MAY 11, 2013 10:20PM

Little Wonders

"Let it go; Let it roll right off your shoulder; Don't you know; The
hardest part is over; Let it in; Let your clarity define you; In the
end; We will only just remember how it feels..."


It is nearly one o'clock and Hope is just finishing her lunch.  She's
seated at a table for… Read full post »
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MAY 10, 2013 11:08PM

Catching Hope

After what seems like an agonizing eighteen minutes and three seconds
of small talk with the Rabbi's cousin and his friend, Hope sees her
chance to break free.

But it is far from a clean break.  It's a total freaky mess.

Hope stands and shakes Harry's hand to say goodbye, and he holds on
just a… Read full post »
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MAY 9, 2013 10:49PM

Rubber Ducky, You're the One

Hope is still silently praying with no end in sight.

The Rabbi's cousin and his friend are getting their drinks at the
Starbuck's on the ground floor of the Target store on Clark Street.

Hope is seated at a table taking deep breaths and identifying all
the exits.  You never know when one mightRead full post »

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Hope is standing near the top of the escalator with the man she had just met
in the bath department at Target.  Feeling like the company's logo was
somehow emblazoned on her back since she had attracted this unwanted
attention from him, she flashed him a quick smile and attempted to
make her get awa… Read full post »
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MAY 7, 2013 6:53PM

You Make Bath Time So Much Fun

Rubber Ducky, you're the one, who makes bath time so much fun; Rubber
Ducky I'm awfully fond of you..."


Hope is humming and silently singing her way through the empty aisles
of bath products at the Target store on Clark Street.  She's so
absorbed in considering one shower curtain versus another and… Read full post »
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