Category Archives: Guest writer

The Algebra Cheaters

By Marlene B. Samuels At home, during dinner, I sit next to my father at the kitchen table. I tell him about my cheater classmates, about the ways in which they write on their arms, how much it disturbs me … Continue reading

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Madagascar, 1967

By Marg Sumner No one has ever accused me of traveling light. In August 1967 I deplaned in Madison, Wisconsin, carrying a train case, which every proper female traveler had in those days, but somewhere along the line I lost … Continue reading

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My Circle of Life

By Elise Brooks I had waited and waited, bringing up a family of my own first. Finally, at age forty, it was happening… Mesmerizing pictures of animals and breathtaking scenery fill my screen as I scroll gazing in awe. I … Continue reading

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Travel Musings

I have just recently begun to allow myself to dream of real live travel again. In fact, I’ve put down a deposit on a tour of Italy next fall through Viaggi di Gusto. Will I go? Or will this be … Continue reading

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Finding Sanctuary in Turbulent Times

By Seth Kahan Periodically I head to the wilderness with my dog, just the two of us, to clear my head and allow deeper stirrings to emerge. Alone in Nature, with a capital N, I have been able to find … Continue reading

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If You Give the Old Folks a New Trailer…

By Joan Connor I happily bicycle up to my trailer, climb the three fold up steps, fix a meatloaf sandwich and wonder if I will go home tomorrow. Home to a house that holds me hostage to my stuff. Is … Continue reading

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Shadow Puppets

By Marlene B. Samuels My father had grown somewhat soft and lazy during the two years since our family had emigrated to the United States, a laziness that began to blossom the Saturday he pulled into our driveway with the … Continue reading

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Viewing Life through Loss

By Brenda Thomas It takes about three steps to get from the door to the mailbox perched on a post next to the front porch. Regardless of the Minnesota weather, I take that short walk sans coat. If the porch … Continue reading

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Despite Covid19

By Kurt Baumann According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word “serendipity” means “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought.” My old fifth-grade teacher explained it as “looking for something and accidentally find something else.” That describes my … Continue reading

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Salama Who?

By Marlene Samuels Almost everyone in my family had some kind of crazy weird foreign accent, as did almost everyone in our immigrant Montreal neighborhood. Jake, my brother, and I had a saying between us: “If you’ve got an accent … Continue reading

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