100 Word Challenge: Delicacy

Earlier this week, some friends and I were being nostalgic about food we ate, and loved, as kids, but as adults we know how weird it really was. Who remembers Green Stuff, that ubiquitous family potluck dish Great Aunt Millie’s would always bring? That stuff made of lime jello, crushed pineapple, pecans, cottage cheese and […]

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Couch cushion fort

I want to return to my uncomplicated childhood when I’d build myself a couch cushion fort, cool and quiet, where I could settle into a nest of blankets and bolsters tucked away in one dim corner. My upholstered stronghold a refuge from puerile troubles, a place to hide from the sinister, faceless monsters lurking behind […]

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Raising the roof

It wasn’t my dark, bogeyman-filled nighttime closet, nor the monster netherworld beneath my bed, that filled my preadolescent heart with dread. It was the furtive bleurs living under our roof. Every shadow, every flash of movement just outside of my field of vision, could be one of the child-abducting spirits waiting to snatch me from […]

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The good sister

Murial was the wild one – sneaking out of the house at night, smoking and drinking, even riding in cars… with boys. Still she was their favorite. Mother made excuses for her, and Father paid to keep her out of trouble and her troubles out of the newspaper. I tried to be the good sister […]

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100 Word Challenge: Respect

When my grandfather died, he was buried in a small country cemetery in rural Ohio. His long funeral procession wended its way down two-lane roads on its path from the church. That was almost 40 years ago but I can still remember how other motorists pulled over to let us pass. Even today, recalling that […]

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100 Word Challenge: Fancy

It’s that time of year… days are getting longer, flowers are budding out, spring is mere days away, and pastel candy eggs and white Easter bonnets fill the store aisles. I remember as a kid that Easter was the one holiday I was assured of getting a pretty new outfit to wear to Church. On […]

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