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Carrie Luger Slayback

One Hundred Spunky Years

By Carrie Luger Slayback

One Hundred Spunky Years

My mom, who died at 98, would have been 100 this July. I miss her and cherish time with her friend, Miriam. Their friendship originated at La Conte Junior High, Hollywood High, and continued through UCLA in 1939. Now approaching 100, Miriam lives in an art-filled Los Angeles bungalow, attends the opera and hosts yearly […]

Passengers

By Carrie Luger Slayback

Passengers

“He picked his nose and touched me!” Our six-year-old daughter Rachel’s shriek pierced the air, accompanied by maniacal laughter from Ben, our 11-year-old son. “Get your Barbies off my side,” boomed Ben, while Rachel opened the car window to toss out his Nintendo. Jerking my head up from a deep sleep, I growled “Pull over.” […]

Manhattan Beach Gift

By Carrie Luger Slayback

Manhattan Beach Gift

The next day my daughter gave me a grand gift. It all started with Rachel’s next comment around the Thanksgiving table. “I’m having neighbors over for a holiday night-cap,” she told us. She’s a relaxed hostess. I am not. “Are they going to be on your patio?” I asked. “Hadn’t thought about it – but […]

Three Senior Ladies Tackle Marine's Mud

“It will be fun,” Annie and Leslie, members of my ladies’ hiking group insist, coaxing me to join them in Camp Pendleton’s MUD RUN. Reluctantly, I pay close to $60 to experience 6.2 sloppy dirty miles. I consider backing out of the commitment all the way to the night before. I know I will hate […]