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Happiness Is a Virtue

By Ellie Jacobi I’m going to be happy if I have to die trying! I paused as I thought about what I just said. A little tickle in my chest told me I just might laugh. But no, not yet. … Continue reading

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by Paul Ketterer In 1957, my family made one of several spring break trips south, this one to Hot Springs, Arkansas. It was one year after the integration of Little Rock Central High, most of which went right by my … Continue reading

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cool black electric hum

  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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