The Hat

By Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow

It started as a typical first class of the new semester. Twenty-five faces were starring at me with the fear of college students who would prefer to be anywhere in the world other than a public speaking class. As I looked back at them with all the empathy I could express, I asked that everyone […]

I’m a list person. I have a To-Do list for just about every aspect of my life. I have a list for chores that need to be done around the house. I have another list for tasks that need to be accomplished at my job as a kindergarten teacher. I have a list of things […]

I was talking to another writer recently when we began discussing what gets our creative juices flowing. The choices would seem obvious: a beautiful nature scene – say, a rainbow after a summer shower, mellow music that you play over and over until your mind replays it over and over without the CD (ack!), mastering […]

Chasing Cars

By Christine Venzon

The incident plays out in my mind beyond its actual running time, like the time-stretched close-ups of guilty-until-proven-innocent suspects walking to the courthouse on Nancy Grace. It started in the parking lot that runs in front of the Super-1, past a Fred’s Drugstore and a Wal-Mart, and on to the Winn-Dixie, the major shopping district […]

Naughty but Nice

By Janey Womeldorf

Healthy living inspires me – that’s why I read about it so much – to soothe my guilt. I have tried to change my habits, but it rarely lasts. One stumbling block always gets in the way: The good life is more appealing. I tried “intuitive eating” which is only eating what our body needs. […]

Like most junkies, I didn’t think I was the one with the problem. My mom has been saving things for possible “craft projects” for years: margarine tub lids (for Christmas ornaments), socks with holes in them (for faux painting), broken dishes (for mosaics). Her latest gift to me was an old canning jar filled with […]

Remote Control

By Susan Harvey

In hindsight, I recognize many milestones in my life, but at the time they were happening, I viewed each event as a natural progression through life – high school graduation, marriage, childbirth, my daughters’ graduations and their weddings. However, when I decided to divorce my husband of twenty-five years, I knew this was not a […]

Sacred or Sinful?

By Janey Womeldorf

The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that, for the first time in U.S. history, traditional married households are now the minority. Sssh! Don’t tell Grandma. I met my soul mate 19 years ago. His parents followed the politically-correct marital path. Mine did not – well, not at first anyway. They chose to start out their […]


By Judie Schaal

The other day I was meandering down the Personal Growth aisle in one of those huge, all encompassing book stores. I was searching for a book that would help a friend of mine deal with the passing of a loved one. After gazing at title after title, on shelf after shelf, I realized that there […]

A Grandmother’s Gift

By Sarojni Mehta-Lissak

On the summer solstice of 2005, I lost my 94-year-old maternal grandmother, Evelyn Brunel Carr. She had slowly been slipping away from us for at least five years, and though we knew her passing was expected, when it hit – it hit hard. Since then, I have done many things to keep her memory alive, […]

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