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A Heart Beating Strong

By Rose Ann Sinay

A Heart Beating Strong

The sky is gray and heavy with snow predicted to fall this afternoon in New York. This New England weather was the major factor in my husband’s and my decision to move to North Carolina for a shovel-less retirement. It is a balmy sixty-five degrees back home. But sitting on my daughter’s couch, feeding my […]

Sweetest Holiday

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Sweetest Holiday

I want to tell you a story, one that was told to me when I was a kid. It is what I grew up to believe and hope it helps you, and your children and grandchildren tie the Easter season’s religious and secular issues up with a big beautiful bow. Monsignor McCabe was the pastor […]

Izzi’s Ring

By Duane Wood

Izzi’s Ring

When I proposed to Tammie, my soon-to-be step-daughter, Izzi, had just turned six. Initially, when Izzi was being aloof, or always sitting between us, or demanding constant attention, I assumed this was simply a six-year-old child dealing with the unknown. No doubt this contributed but the real issue was jealousy. I’ve learned two important things […]

The Chico’s Connection

By Erika Hoffman

The Chico’s Connection

His freshman year, my son met a girl. At dinner one spring evening in the outskirts of Atlanta, after a long drive from North Carolina, his dad, sister and I were introduced to Jessica, a pretty girl with auburn hair and green eyes. I could tell our 18 year old son was in love. That […]

Rain Drops of Love

By Judie Schaal

Rain Drops of Love

The raindrops slide down the windowpane. Their cascading begins a day of questions. Will the needed moisture sooth the parched earth? Will the darkening skies make us change our plans? Life is like that. How do we interpret an event? Do we see the positives or do we dwell on the reverse? I want to […]

Anchored in Easter

By Kay Hollyday Filar

Anchored in Easter

The year 2000 brought many milestones to our extended family. Son Travis graduated from college. Daughter Kaitlyn had her 16th birthday and my father his 75th. Sister Deb and her husband marked their 20th wedding anniversary; my husband and I, our 25th; and my parents, their 50th. We had so much to celebrate! But finding […]

One Man’s Treasure

By Jeffery Cohen

One Man’s Treasure

“One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” It was a mantra that my father repeated regularly – usually as he was dragging a rolled up Oriental rug or a marble-topped coffee table to the trunk of his car from a pile of trash at the side of the road. And truer words were never spoken by a […]

Meant to Be

By Fayge Goldstein

Meant to Be

This amazing story happened over sixty years ago, in the early 1950s, when it was a fashion to spend weekends at a hotel in the Catskills. There was a young man working as a lifeguard at the Concord Hotel; he was very personable, enjoyed meeting new people and was definitely not shy by any means, […]

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 […]

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