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Diversification by Colette Parris

Our advisor all but wags a finger while impressing upon us the importance of utilizing bonds and REITs and mid-cap stocks as part of a strategy to mitigate our risk in these tumultuous times and I am nodding politely and emitting the occasional mmhmm while my husband engages in diligent if inscrutable note-taking but what I am contemplating instead is a tabloid article from some years ago claiming that Kate Winslet and her then-spouse never boarded the same flight because what if God forbid the plane went down what would happen to the kids which sounded quite sensible to me even as I continued to book seats 23A and 23B on multiples airlines which reminds me that a girlfriend mentioned recently that she planned to encourage her younger son to join his brother at a nearby university and I blurted out that’s a terrible idea and she looked at me blankly before venturing a soft why and I chirped joking, joking because if she doesn’t already see the problem there’s no way I’m going to be the one to tell her.

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Colette Parris is a Caribbean-American attorney with work in Michigan Quarterly ReviewScoundrel TimeThe OffingCleaver, and elsewhere. She is a three-time Pushcart nominee for fiction, and three of her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net. She lives in New York. Read more at

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