Glen’s Garden

We only met once, but I’ll always remember him. He was a tall man, thin to the point of being gaunt, with long gray hair. His slightly-stooped posture spoke of a life hard-lived; his eyes countered with friendliness and humility. If there was ever a guru atop a mountain, it was Glen. Glen’s garden was […]

Six Lessons in Golf, One Lesson in Love

My husband wishes I would play golf. He keeps thinking that if I just tried it, maybe took a few lessons, that I would be hooked. I smile, lovingly. The problem is I just don’t get it; the sad thing is, I wish I did. I just don’t understand the appeal of a sport that […]

Love is in the Air – No, Wait, That’s Just the Onion Rings

My husband Eric proposed to me in the parking lot of a Burger King. No, I’m not kidding, and please stop laughing. In my husband’s defense, he didn’t plan to ask me in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. He’d planned something more romantic on two different occasions, but an error at the […]

It’s Gonna Be Alright

“Please come get me,” I sobbed into the receiver. “I just can’t do this. It’s too stressful, and I want to come home.” Looking back, I cannot believe these words came out of the mouth of the girl who swore she would never return to Wakefield, the tiny town where everyone knows your business. But […]

All Dressed Up

We rushed home Friday night. There was hair to curl, makeup to apply and dress shoes to dig out of the closet. No being late, her date would be here right on time, and she must be ready. This Friday night was special. The curls were placed lovingly, one by one, with a hot iron, […]

Just As I Am…And Billy Graham

I am sitting in a metal chair beside my dad and mom. The congregation is singing “Just as I am.” I keep asking my parents if I can go down front and give my life to Jesus. Billy Graham’s booming North Carolina voice is calling, and I am trying to get down front because I […]

Simple Gifts

I love that I was born on Valentine’s Day, a day of love. In the early weeks of February hearts of every size and shape remind us that someone special needs to know how much we love them. For little kids it’s a time to get down and sticky with paper and paste and make […]

Romance in the Sixties

By Vivian A. Segelken

Romance in the Sixties

This is a submission we received for our “How Did You Find Love” feature, and we liked it so much we decided to publish it in its entirety. “Hello, my name is Bill,” he said. “I don’t have much luck with men named Bill,” she said. “I don’t have much luck with women,” he replied. […]

Mama’s Got Her Red Dress On

I’m getting ready to go out again – red dress, silver hoop earrings, black pumps. My children plead, “Mom, do you have to go? Can’t you just stay home tonight?” Lest you think I’m a middle-aged harlot sneaking off to the bars, let me set you straight. I’m off to choir. Yes, folks, mama’s gone […]

The Tea Party

My induction into the world of tea began with a gift from my mother – a beautiful cobalt blue tea set she had purchased on a trip to Japan. The tea set came in a satin-lined white leather box. The cups, saucers and teapot were delicately hand-painted in their rich cobalt blue color with a […]

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