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  By Doug Elwell Doug tells me, “this was inspired by a vivid dream the other night…In a departure from my usual p-o-v, I wrote it in the second person following your earlier lead with your Italy stories.” You won’t see … Continue reading

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Sarah’s Tuscany

For the next four weeks, I will be publishing a suite of stories I wrote about a trip to Tuscany in 1997. It began as an experiment in writing in the second person, just to see if I could sustain … Continue reading

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The Kittycat Sutra

By Kelly Sauvage Angel When the student is ready, the teacher will come. ~ Unattributed   A wise one, a young lama of sorts with no robes nor grand lineage to speak of, entered my life recently. It was a … Continue reading

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Back to school! Workshops for Memoir and Family History Writers-Fall 2016.

Living in a college town, “Back to School” season triggers a longing to devote time to learning and growing, no matter our calendar age.  I’ve got a fresh set of workshops lined up to help you get started and stay motivated … Continue reading

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Math Teacher’s Sudden Death Shocks Midland Park (Leon Varjian)

When I logged into my blog this morning I discovered remembrances about Leon Varjian piling in. From them I learned that this unique individual, whom I knew in Bloomington in 1974 and again in Madison circa 1980, passed away suddenly this week. … Continue reading

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Don Whispered, “the Undertaker”

By Doug Elwell It’s funny how things pop into our minds in random ways at unexpected moments. There doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason, but suddenly in the middle of dinner a ball game you were in fifty years … Continue reading

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Madison’s “A Fund for Women” needs your stories

At last night’s AFFW “storycapture” session we heard from… a young woman inspired by her grandmother’s example of feminism before there was a word for it… a Domenican sister grateful for her mentor and eager for young women to realize … Continue reading

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