Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Writer, fueled by coffee

Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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    What if the story of America is one long labor?

    What if the story of America is one long labor?

    This is one of the most beautiful and powerful prayers from Sikh-American civil rights advocate and filmmaker Valarie Kaur. “And so the mother in me asks, what if? What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb? What if our America is not dead, but a country that is waiting to be born? What if the story of America is one long labor? What if all of our grandfathers and grandmothers are standing behind us now—those who survived occupation and genocide, slavery and Jim Crow, detentions and political assault—what if they are whispering[...]
    Clothes and Grief

    Clothes and Grief

    Two years ago yesterday, Donald Lupescu passed away and our lives have a big Grandpa-Don-shaped hole in them. It's an impossibly large hole, as is the case with grief. When the kids came home after school, we spent some time remembering the many things we love and miss about Grandpa. We cherish those memories, and we hold onto tangible things that remind us: On my counter is a sugar bowl from Don and Eleanor's kitchen, and I think of Don each time I use it. Mark has some shirts and ties from Don; and as Liam waits to grow into[...]
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    Where Do We Go From Here? Talking to Children About the Election

    I am trying to find the words to explain to my children what happened, to tell them where we will go from here, as a family and as a nation. When Trump first began to garner support before the primary, I made the hasty knee-jerk statement in front of my family that if Trump won the Presidency we would look at alternative places to live. I told them I did not want to live in a country with a fear-based mission defined by misogyny and racism. The kids heard me and have periodically asked over the course of the last 6 months, “Are[...]
    Happy Coffee Day! For all my fellow coffeephiles...

    Happy Coffee Day! For all my fellow coffeephiles...

    The Caffeinated Week by Valya Dudycz Lupescu Monday's cup is the darkest roast, to battle with the weekend’s ghost. Tuesday's coffee is triple shot, like dragons’ blood served boiling hot. Wednesday's coffee has extra bite— Medusa’s venom, black as night. Thursday is Turkish, mythic and rich, coy in the cup, it will charm and bewitch. Friday’s latte has a touch of the Fae, full of anticipation and promise of play. Saturday’s mocha is gratefully savored, steamed with intrigue and brazenly flavored. The French Press on Sunday is carefully timed— short to steep, slow to drink, and soon left behind.     © 2016 Valya Dudycz Lupescu[...]
    On Shakespeare, Sonnets, and Pop Songs

    On Shakespeare, Sonnets, and Pop Songs

    I love sonnets. And Shakespeare. And music. When I was in college, I heard and fell in love with the music of Ralph Covert and the Bad Examples. Many of the songs come back to me time and time again, and one in particular comes to mind when I feel myself getting frustrated with a scene or character while writing: “Every poet wants to murder Shakespeare We’re just pissing on the grave of what went on before And everyone invents the world the day that they were born” ~Ralph Covert, “Every Poet Wants to Murder Shakespeare” So speaking of Shakespeare; and sonnets; and music... When Stephen and I[...]

Critical Acclaim

Lovely Prose

The lovely prose and the mix of mythic Ukrainian matter with a contemporary setting won me over. Continue reading on sfsite.com

5 out of 5 stars

This is definitely something to read and add to your collection if you enjoy a good story that involves the use of folk tales. 5 out of 5 stars. Continue reading on Indie Comix

Robert McClelland
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