I Want to be an Old Wise Woman When I Grow Up

By Katrina Paulson

Their intelligence and truth shimmer in the air around them like fairy godmothers. Have you ever noticed how a woman becomes more inspiring as she ages? Almost as if wisdom and courage seep into her as her hair turns grey. Silver drowns the years of female expectations strand by strand. Suddenly she no longer cares … Continued

A Brighter Future

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Our past, every bit of it good and bad, makes us who we are today. It makes us appreciate where we are now. I was driving home from work one-day last month when I saw something that made me stop and turn my car around. It was a lemonade stand with three little girls seated … Continued

Bloom

By Jessica Lewis

In that garden, she planted the seeds of self-confidenceand self-love in my soul. Her flower garden was always lovely, the envy of her pristine neighborhood. My paternal grandmother could grow anything it seemed, and when we would visit her in southern Georgia, her backyard was a haven for grandchildren and their imaginations.  It was where … Continued

Art Appreciation

By Rose Ann Sinay

Bold and beautiful, soft and pastel – everywhere I turned there were terraces of color. By all accounts, I should have green blood flowing through my veins, or at least, a green stain on my thumb. Mom’s family had been farmers; flowers were incidental, but vegetables were plentiful. Dad’s family also filled the kitchen with … Continued

Deserving of the “Good Paper”

By Wendy Kennar

I credit Mrs. Jones. She planted the seed. She made me believe I could be a writer. I remember coming into my second-grade classroom, excited and proud to show my lovely teacher a story I had written over the weekend. Though, looking back now, I’m not entirely certain the story was my original idea. In all fairness, … Continued

Fog and Butterflies

By Linda Vigen Phillips

The metamorphic possibilities within our souls are endless. It creeps in like a bank of fog just off the coast, Sandburg’s “Little Cat Feet,” and it watches us silently for a time before it moves on. It’s like that, this stealthy virus, in the way it sneaks upon us, but otherwise, it’s evermore beastly than … Continued

Pandemic Pandemonium, Paranoia, and Politeness

By Erika Hoffman

I hope we will aspire to become, once again, friendly Americans and I hope we will give one another the benefit of the doubt. Whenever a shift in society or culture occurs, folks don’t have a paradigm to follow and find adoption of a new normal challenging. The year of 2020 isn’t the first year … Continued

I Look Awesome!

By Melissa Face

At five years old, there is very little that Delaney can control about the world around her. But if a few outfits can make her feel ready to take on this crazy world, she needs to wear them. Dressing Delaney was easy when she attended a school that required a uniform. Each day, she wore … Continued

The Treasured Locket

By Linda O’Connell

When I pass a mirror, I see my aging face, and in my mind’s eye, I see the reflection of the loved ones who presented me with each piece of jewelry over the years. I have a decorative jewelry box filled with fine gold chains in many lengths and a drawer filled with several individual, … Continued

Hatitude Shift

By Cynthia A. Lovely

I collected a pink floppy hat, a black painter’s cap, a blue fedora,and a vintage beige hat with a blossom on the brim. “Cynthia-Ann! Where’s your hat?” I can still hear my mother’s voice, catching me mid-stride, while trying to slip out of the house in winter’s cold minus my headgear. She always caught me. … Continued

Bag Lady

By Francine Garson

In addition to providing a safe and accessible home for my belongings, my bag told the world who I was. Okay, I admit it. I’m a bag lady. No, I’m not a homeless woman roaming the city with all of my worldly possessions packed into an assortment of plastic bags. I’m fortunate to have a … Continued

Porcupines

By Susan Yanguas

I couldn’t wait to grow up, couldn’t wait for the day when I could curl my hair and wear high heels and lipstick. I blame it on the lure of the forbidden pink curlers. From my perch on the toilet seat lid, I’d watch my mother roll her short, frosted hair into neat logs stacked … Continued

Let’s See What Develops

By Glenda Ferguson

Learning something new was fun. I certainly developed a new appreciation for photography skills and off-the-wall fish tales. The newspaper headline announced, “Photograph Your Forest – Summer Contest.” With so much time spent indoors and social distancing this spring, I read the rest of the article with interest: “Capture spectacular views, special moments and hidden gems.” … Continued

Happiness Doesn’t Have Wrinkles

By Erika Hoffman

I feel self-care means preventing loneliness, preventing irrelevance, preventing mental stagnation by engaging in activities that promote one’s self-esteem. Le Bonheur n ’a pas de Rides isn’t easy reading if you’re not French. In it are idioms and slang of a present-day 34-year-old French writer, who self-published her novel about an 85-year-old woman, who gets stuck … Continued

Waking with a Smile

By Melissa Face

When my alarm went off, I contemplated hitting snooze, then I remembered that I was making time for myself, and it was important. I was important. “I love that you are always happy to see me in the morning,” my son Evan said a few years ago, “That’s one of the reasons you’re such a … Continued

The Open Door

By Rachel Remik

What we need is always there for us, and if we put out the intention that we are open to receive, the universe will deliver. When my friend suggested I take a yoga class with her several years ago, I wasn’t even thinking of the spiritual benefits.  It wasn’t so much that I was closed … Continued

Nothing Could Be Finer Than to be in Carolina

By Janet Meuwissen

Shades of oranges and pinks in the sky over the ocean signal the arrival of that special orb which begins to warm the sand and provide another sunny day. Nothin’ could be finer than to be in Carolina, in the morning – always murmurs in my head as I stroll along the white sand of … Continued

The Red Umbrella

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

At least I gave him a neat royal blue sport shirt to match his beautiful blue eyes. But a red umbrella? It was our seventh Christmas together. I know you are automatically thinking about the seven-year itch, but I like to call it the seven-year “switch.” You see, after seven years of married life, I … Continued

Southern-ish Holiday Traditions

By Sarah Elaine Hawkinson

Does Your Santa Wrap? To start, let’s discuss the biggest Christmas tradition debate: does Santa wrap or not wrap his presents? This discussion can be tricky for newly blended families or couples with newly born children. Can the couples survive the negotiation of how to handle Santa’s presents? This is a tough issue to compromise … Continued

Recipe Magic

By Melissa Face

For a moment, we can be in their kitchens, standing in their shoes, and sharing their stories. This holiday season, there are fewer gifts to buy and cards to mail. There are empty chairs at dinner tables and gaping holes in our hearts. My family is disappearing. In just over a year’s time, I’ve lost … Continued