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Felice Prager

A Sinatra Type of Halloween

This was the year we were permitted to go without parental supervision for Trick or Treating. The world was a quieter and less suspicious place back then, and as long as we stayed in the neighborhood and with each other, we were allowed to go without parents lagging behind us. It was a big deal […]

Permanent Irreversible Math-Induced Fatness

I received a phone call from the health and beauty reporter at my local newspaper. “I read your essay about weight loss in a woman’s magazine, and I thought I could get some expert feedback from you about a theory I’m researching,” she said. The essay she was referring to did not make me an […]

The Most Important Ingredient

“Thank you for coming to pay your respects,” I imagine myself saying to each funeral attendee. “And here’s a cook book for you. My mother would have wanted you to have this.” This is the joke my sister, sisters-in-law and I often make about my mom’s far-off-in-the-future funeral. Mom is alive and well at 62, […]

Peaches Goes on Catkins

By Felice Prager

Peaches Goes on Catkins

We never call her fat – at least not when she is within earshot – and when we do discuss her extreme appreciation for all things culinary, we whisper. (Peaches has exceptional hearing and can hear a bag of cat food from any corner of the house – even when she is asleep.) To preserve […]

Umbrella Chairs

By Felice Prager

Umbrella Chairs

She wanted large; I wanted small. She wanted an event to remember; I wanted intimate with only close friends. She wanted country club; I wanted backyard. She wanted a six-course meal; I wanted chocolate cake and champagne. It went on like this until she suggested umbrella chairs, and I said I wasn’t coming to my […]

Best Friends – Forever

By Felice Prager

Best Friends – Forever

I signed onto Facebook to help sell more of my books by creating a page to market them. Other authors said that it helped spread the word without a financial investment. I set up my page with photos and links to my website. I realized that I needed a network of friends who could share […]

The Monster Who Lurks Within

I thought I had killed it. I thought it was gone forever. For one year, five months and twelve days, except for three hours at my friend’s wedding when I splurged on a piece of wedding cake and three flutes of champagne, I thought it had left my body. I thought because I was finally […]

Fudge

By Felice Prager

Fudge

When my kids were little, I had a recurring dream: My neighbor’s children were standing in my driveway saying, “Let’s go to Mikey’s house. His mother makes great fudge.” In the dream, I’m looking out a bay window, beating on the glass, yelling, “No! No!” It was a weird dream, since I’ve never made fudge, […]

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When asked, we tell people that we do Thanksgiving the way the Pilgrims did it, although I doubt Pilgrims used propane, disposable pans and barbecue grills. Still, when our children were young, we convinced them that since the Pilgrims cooked their turkey outdoors, that this was as close to a traditional Thanksgiving a family could […]

Suede Shoes

By Felice Prager

Suede Shoes

In the days of disco, I could never figure out fashion. That doesn’t mean I didn’t try. I had outfits with metal studs – the bling before bling. I had all the clothes required to walk into a disco, club or skating rink looking for Mr. Right – in this case, Mr. Disco. I just […]

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