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About dahnajeen

I'm Donna Jean Hunter. I'm also Donna Cox - former married name and the name I share with my children and with my ex-husband, father of my children, and friend, David Cox. My 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Patterson told me I was a great writer and would be an author when I grew up. She always had me read my stories to the class, and even took me around to the other classrooms to have me read to them. I'm pretty sure the other kids all hated me that year. I don't care though. I love Mrs. Patterson. Of course she did not know then about the Internet and blogging, how much of what people read would no longer be on paper - and how much of it would be done for free! - when I grew up. I have had 10 or 12 of my pieces published in college literary journals, and for a while during college, I actually received pay for working as a technical writer. Then for a few years I taught writing to teenagers as a high school English teacher. But other than that, I can't say I'm a writer in the sense that it is what I do for a living. But I am a writer. I have been all my life and can’t see myself ever stopping whether anyone reads it or not. I hope someone enjoys some of it.

Dedicated to Kami Hunter – Peril and Rescue on the Farm

The below is also published in the 2009-2010 Tarrant County College Fine Arts Literary Journal, “Marine Creek Reflections,” along with a few other of my pieces which I may add here later. These three narratives are all true. The “28 … Continue reading

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The Only Thing Inevitable

Things change; there’s just no getting around it. I remember Christmas when I was little.  Sneaking with my brother Byron into the front room where Mama had worked to make everything appear magical – twinkling lights, new toys, stockings full … Continue reading

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Do You See Me?

I think it is one of the most basic of human desires to be truly known. I don’t mean “well-known” as in famous. And I don’t mean just recognized, remembered, having someone know your name when they see your face … Continue reading

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Something That Sounds Like a Good Thing, But Isn’t

Overdraft Protection.  If you have it, you have given your bank authorization to turn one honest mistake into a snowball of multiple NSF charges instead of hopefully just one for the one honest mistake.  I figured this out years ago, … Continue reading

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You don’t have to call me Darlin’, Darlin’. And please would you NOT?!

A note of instruction to young women (the rule actually applies to young men as well, but from my experience most boys seem to just naturally get it, and for some reason a lot of girls don’t.) Ok, here it … Continue reading

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Must Dance Faster

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“Hi, how are you?” How AM I? Why don’t you sit down; this is going to take a while.

While I do appreciate the intended friendliness of it, I really dislike the common social convention of asking, “How are you?” in the casual, mindless, repetitive way most of us do. If you think about it, it’s actually sort of … Continue reading

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It’s Over

You little BITCH! You used to be my friend. You used to hug me and tell me I was pretty. And now – just because I’ve changed a little bit – every time you come near me, you hurt my … Continue reading

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What’s that? Can’t do that here? Haha – yeah, ok.

As I sit in class at UTA — “a tobacco free campus” since August 1, 2011 — and see through the windows the puffs of cigarette smoke wafting up from the somewhat secluded area just below my classroom, or walk … Continue reading

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Teach Your Children Well

Geez, I am so sad for some kids. There is a woman sitting in the library with her child imprisoned in a stroller next to her, with nothing but a TOOTHBRUSH to entertain himself with, while she does something on … Continue reading

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