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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 […]

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 […]

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