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Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow

Would You Like to Dance?

By Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow

I am waiting for the boy to ask me to dance. My feelings are controlled and determined by junior high school-aged boys. The best jitterbugger never asks me. My high school years will bring me popularity in dating older boys. But this is middle school years in the fifties, and my pride is in the […]

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 […]