Mary Beth Abate

Mary Beth Abate is a Reader contributor. See staff page for published articles.

Divine Manipulation

My friend and creative cohort Terri likes to joke about how manipulative she thinks I am. “I’m not manipulating you,” I’ll say, to which Terri will respond, “How do I know that your saying that ...

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Joshua Tree, CA

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Bogota, Columbia

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Washington, DC

Flower choices for the low-water garden

Pretty, but not too thirsty

On the hottest day of last summer, we hosted a wedding reception in our backyard. The thermometer hit 103 degrees as the guests arrived at 2:30 in the afternoon. Our guests clustered in the shady ...

Death of a Landlord

Tribute from “the kind of tenant everybody wants!”

You should come home. Rod died. I got the text from my roommate on a Sunday night. “Oh, Rod,” I sighed. It was sudden news, and I wanted to be surprised. But I couldn’t be. ...

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