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"The Murky Realm," a biographical sketch of a tragic union with some creative engineering...

My parents never should have gotten married. But even though my father was gay and my mother was chemically imbalanced, this was the 60s, when single men in their forties did not identify as queer and people with personality disorders were rarely diagnosed, much less treated. And marriage was inexorable. The tragedy, of course, is that five children came out of this unhappy coupling. But that's not the point of this story. That comes later. "The Murky Realm" is about how these two people got together, fell apart, came back together, then fell apart again only to get back together again... 

The story is pieced together from what we were told growing up, what I remember from my father's various tales and walking a mile in both their shoes as an adult.

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