Anniversary Dreamin’

By Cathy C. Hall

Anniversary Dreamin’

It all started when my oldest son innocently asked his father about Sky Miles. Naturally, my husband, who has had numerous dealings with seemingly innocent questions, knew something was afoot. Turned out that our first-born had a burning desire to see Daft Punk, which is a techno-band, whatever that is. Dad, an old radio DJ, […]

Ugali, by Golly

By Terri Elders

Ugali, by Golly

A lifetime later I still recall staring at the photos of the children of East Africa that the Quaker missionaries pinned to a curtain in the basement of the Friends Church in Scotts Mills, Oregon. In one faded snapshot a group of children sat on grass mats, hands folded, eyes intent on a white-haired woman […]

The Significance of Stories

Late one Christmas, my mother-in-law, Hazel, and I sat surrounded by holiday debris. I was feeling torn between nostalgia and melancholy. My son was to be married in the coming year; my father had passed away during the year prior. The guests had abandoned us, and candles sputtered to darkness. No better time for confidences. […]

Who’s Who

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

I love dressing up! No, I’m not talking about evening gowns and high-heeled shoes with my hair piled high. That I hate. I love costumes. Just the word “masquerade” gets me all excited. Oh sure, Halloween has always been a barrel of fun for me, but it’s more fun to dress up for no reason […]

Thanks for the Mammaries

By Liz Pardue-Schultz

I’ve always had amazing boobs. One weekend in the 5th grade, I sprouted these C-cup masterpieces, much to the chagrin of my female classmates and the befuddled amusement of the boys. Years later, a childhood friend told me I’d been known as “the second girl in our town to need a bra,” which I wasn’t […]

Tattoos and the Older Woman

By Janey Womeldorf

“Aren’t you a bit old?” my husband gasped. “Where would you even put a tattoo?” “On my face,” I wanted to reply sarcastically. Deep down, I suspect he’s right but the idea of a tattoo is so deliciously wicked, I can’t get it out of my brain. It’s youthful and daring, and I’m not. You […]

Miss Hilarious

By Melissa Face

“You look like you could be Miss Delaware,” a strange man said as he gestured just to the right of me. “Actually, you’re even prettier.” The man was pointing to Chelsea, my cousin’s new girlfriend, who looked like she had stepped right off the stage of the Miss Universe contest. I should have been relieved […]

It occurred to me recently while visiting my parents that life is like a box of soap. I was ready to jump into the shower when I realized that the gooey soap sliver lying in the dish wasn’t quite enough to lather my non-sliverish body. Yeah, I know – the bigger the body the bigger […]

Frugal is More Fun

By Janey Womeldorf

“I wish I could work part-time,” she sighed, “But we can’t afford it.” Her tired, lackluster eyes told the rest of the story. The plague of ‘not enough time’ was a burden for women everywhere; she was no exception, and neither was I. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy working, I loved working. I loved […]

Let’s Celebrate

By Susan DeBow

I love to celebrate. I celebrate most anything anymore. A birthday? No question. The possibility of a good day today? That’s cause for a hallelujah! A notice from the doctor that the Pap test turned out fine? Ye-hah! Mind you, most of my celebrations do not involve a big party. And, many of my celebrations […]

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