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Reverse Jacks

By Virginia Amis We mingled in groups, some whispering, others laughing openly, then catching themselves.  The banquet room windows allowed a view of oak and spruce trees growing on undulating hills where paths wound and disappeared.  Someone remarked that the … Continue reading

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A Special Band from a Small School

By Violet Moran Vernon Mauritson, nicknamed Mort, wasted no time in recruiting me when I transferred from a one-room country school and entered seventh grade in the town of Sunburst, Montana in 1946. He made band sound like a great … Continue reading

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True Stories Well Told of Christmas Past

To jumpstart your holiday reminiscing, I offer this selection of seasonal posts from True Stories Well Told over the years. Enjoy the pleasures of the season, and remember–share YOUR stories! – Sarah White Oh Christmas Tree! by Faith Ellestad, posted … Continue reading

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Names

By Ellie Jacobi I remember, as a 5-year old, walking two blocks to kindergarten and sitting on the classroom floor with all the other kids.  The teacher began calling our names for attendance, and pronounced an unfamiliar name while looking … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Life In A Box

By Marlene Samuels My family immigrated to the U.S.A. in the 1960s when I was in high school. It was during that first year that my mother established her lucrative custom design and dressmaking business. On the shelf above her … Continue reading

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Jack Valenti – Six Degrees of Separation

By Cam French In 1990 I was employed as executive personal assistant to Barry Hirsch, an  entertainment attorney and power broker to the rich and famous. The same talented folk who populate the headlines of newspapers and tabloids alike. This … Continue reading

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Second Day on the Farm

By Joshua Feyen In November, 1976 my parents purchased a 140-acre farm with pastures, woods and cropland situated on top of the rolling hills of Southwest Wisconsin’s driftless region. The day after the closing and unloading everything into house, my … Continue reading

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Things that Go Grrrr

By Marlene Samuels Note, Marlene assures me that 1) this is a true memory, confirmed with her siblings, and 2) her parents are not the type who would ever scare their children for fun. Draw what conclusions you will. – … Continue reading

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Bee-lieve It!

By Seth Kahan This essay recently appeared in Seth’s “Monday Morning Mojo” e-newsletter. In my thirties, I trained in search and rescue and got my Wilderness First Responder certificate, the industry standard for professional guides and trip leaders. I was … Continue reading

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A word, any word…

By Suzy Beal Something strange has been happening here in my home lately. The communication between my husband and me has been falling apart. At first, I thought it was because we just weren’t paying attention to each other. Then … Continue reading

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