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The Cake Crusader

By Laurie Goldwasser

The Cake Crusader

My 4th grade teacher was an impulsive nun whom I felt compelled to please. Her standards were exacting, and I knew if I met them I was doing well. The custodian at my school was a joyful woman with Down syndrome. Her quick smile and excited reaction to a simple “Hello, Pauline!” made me glad […]

Dinner and Dancing: An Evening to Remember

A while back, Bill, he’s my husband, and I were having an unplanned restaurant dinner – the kind one has when “the cook” in the family has no inspiration, divine or otherwise, as to what to prepare at home. So we went to a Tiki-style restaurant here in the south – decorated with all the […]

My Least Favorite Question

“Mom, what’s for dinner?” I sighed. It was 7am, and my children were eating breakfast. And one of them just asked me what’s for dinner. It happened nearly every morning. Finally, after being asked about dinner over breakfast one time too many, I asked, “Why do you guys ask me that all the time? It’s […]

Mama Mia, Atsa Some Spicy Meat-a-Ball! (Alka-Seltzer TV Commercial*)

In the midst of enjoying a great dinner at one of the terrific Italian restaurants in our area the other night, I thought back to my grandmother’s cooking. When I was growing up, I was fortunate enough to have two grandmothers. First off, there was Grandma Gertrude who was my father’s mom, and Grandma Josephina […]

It’s All in the Fingers

By Linda DeMers Hummel

It’s All in the Fingers

I was guilty of being a typical college girl – falling in and out of love too hard, spending hours in front of my mirror, whirling around town on the back of someone’s motorcycle. Predictable except for one thing – Thursday afternoons. On Thursdays at 2 o’clock, my cousin, Kathy, would put her son down […]

Think “Pot”

By Erika Hoffman

Think “Pot”

“You left the candle burning all night,” my husband, of 40 years, greeted me. “Sounds like lyrics to a song,” I said, yawned, and grabbed eggs from the fridge. “It didn’t burn all the way – luckily.” “Scented candles are slow burners.” After his omelet, he packed up his laptop, full coffee mug, and bundles […]

Candy of a Divine Nature

“Do you have the recipe for her divinity candy?” Joe smiled before he asked the question, a smile filled with anticipation. His face resembled that of a young child just before opening a neatly wrapped Christmas present. His eyes widened as he waited for my reply. Divinity is a southern delicacy. Take one bite and […]

Waiting for the Miracle

By Rose Ann Sinay

Waiting for the Miracle

I am a private person, though you might not know it if you’ve read any of my stories. My family has been both irritated and moved by my public recollections of our lives. Writing allows me to find joy in small moments as well as big ones, dissect and digest what I don’t understand, and […]

The Best Laid Plans?

By Diane Stark

The Best Laid Plans?

Five years ago, my husband, Eric, and I went to Hawaii to celebrate his 40th birthday. While we were there, we went into an art gallery, and I fell in love with a painting of a Hawaiian sunset over the ocean. It was beautiful, and I knew I had to have it. “Where are you […]

The Germ (and Dragon) Slayer

Well, we did it. My daughter, my son-in-law, my granddaughter, two dogs and a cat (and a couple of hopeful spiders looking for a warm spot) survived almost two and a half months together in the same house in an attempt to bring a bit of normal back to their lives that had been shaken […]

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