Category Archives: Sarah’s memoir

True stories from my life.

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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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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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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A Week at Camp Torture

By Sarah White This post was written in response to the prompt, “A time you stepped outside your value system or witnessed someone being treated differently,” from the Guided Autobiography theme “Navigating Differences.” Waycross Camp is an Episcopal summer camp. After several … Continue reading

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Keep the Stories, Lose the Stuff?

By Sarah White I went to Italy. I turned 65. I came back feeling my life didn’t fit as comfortably as it had. The urge for change had been sparked. However, any change I could envision brought a chain of … Continue reading

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On Turning 65

By Sarah White The first clue that this might not be purely a joy-ride was the weather. The temperature hovered at the cold edge of comfortable, wearing the jacket I had brought to Italy. The scowling clouds looked like they … Continue reading

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Braided Essay: Silverwood Park Responds to Dane County Parks Hours, Rules, & Information

By Sarah White In my writing, I’ve begun to play around with patterns; one is the Braided Essay, a form that invites the weaving of a personal narrative with outside information that takes on more resonance as the essay unfolds. … Continue reading

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Next Avenue Published My Essay!

While I was pursuing my Big MFA Adventure, learning to write a commercially-publishable book and build my platform to resemble that of a commercially-publishable author, we were encouraged to submit for publication. It didn’t matter what we submitted–book reviews, articles … Continue reading

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Happy International Women’s Day!

This morning I invite you to revisit a post I published here on March 8, 2012, about my personal connection to International Women’s Day.    

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The Grief Compactor

By Sarah White My best friend died.  It’s that simple, just a dull, dumb fact.  She passed on May 1, 2020, of a cancer detected so late she—and I—and her sister—barely had six weeks to get from “oh no!” through … Continue reading

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