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About first person productions

My blog "True Stories Well Told" is a place for people who read and write about real life. I’ve been leading life writing groups since 2004. I teach, coach memoir writers 1:1, and help people publish and share their life stories.

In Light of the Repeal of Roe v. Wade…

No doubt many of us are seething, reeling, boiling mad, frightened. Our amygdalae are in full fight-or-flight mode from the recent threat to women’s freedom to control our own bodily choices. For that reason, I call you to read this … Continue reading

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The Coat

By Patricia LaPointe See this coat. When is it worn? Is it the only coat? It can be worn for Sunday services. Is it good enough? It can be worn in the rain. How does it look when it’s wet? It … Continue reading

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How I Almost Became a Furry

By Sarah White What’s a furry?  Someone who participates in a fandom subculture focused on anthropomorphic animal characters, with human personalities and characteristics, the Internet will tell you. The mainstream press tends to portray furries as sexual fetishists, but I … Continue reading

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Desperately Seeking Stories

Okay, I’m not desperate, just having fun with a play on words about that rom-com with Madonna and Rosanna Arquette, “Desperately Seeking Susan.” The film premiered in 1985. It was Madonna’s first major screen role. It is one of my … Continue reading

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10 Minutes to Death

By Marg Sumner A friend and I have a pact. At 10 minutes before dementia strikes, we’re each going to take two hits of fentanyl and ride off into the dawn, dusk, rainbow, whatever. There are two problems with this: … Continue reading

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Dear Blue Creek Village

By Sarah White This was inspired by a prompt: “Write an apology to a place.” Try it and see what comes to you! Dear Blue Creek Village, I’m sorry I haven’t been back to see you. It has been almost … Continue reading

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The Small Thing That Mattered Big

By Marlene Samuels “She wants a photo of the two of you together.” Richard, our adoption counselor tells us. Concern is spreading across his already serious-looking face. “It’s the one thing of true importance still missing from your file.” My … Continue reading

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The Blue Bicycle: Travels with an Adopted Air Force Girl (Part 3 of 3)

By Mary Ellen Gambutti Click here to read the first two posts in this three-part story. Tokyo, June 1961-1964 Mom, Dad, two-year-old Julie, and I have flown to Japan in a Pan American jet to begin the three-year tour in an … Continue reading

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The Blue Bicycle: Travels with an Adopted Air Force Girl (Part 2 of 3)

By Mary Ellen Gambutti Click here to read the first post in this three-part story. Louisiana, summer, 1958, continued Mom tells me Dad’s work is hard when I ask her about the migraines that have become frequent. He shows me his … Continue reading

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The Blue Bicycle: Travels with an Adopted Air Force Girl (Part 1 of 3)

By Mary Ellen Gambutti Texas, September 1957 In the bicycle department at Sears Roebuck in Victoria, Dad points out a blue 26-inch J.C. Higgins cruiser he’d seen in the catalog. “Here’s the one we’ll get. What do you think?” Wouldn’t … Continue reading

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