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SharonWalling's picture
Mar.28.2014
I was watching a commercial the other day as this young brunette thing talks about the irritation on the bikini line after shaving. When I was a young girl, we didn’t even know there was such a thing as a bikini line. In fact, other than the Bikini Islands, bikini to me meant the skimpy bathing...
SharonWalling's picture
Mar.28.2014
I was watching a commercial the other day as this young brunette thing talks about the irritation on the bikini line after shaving. When I was a young girl, we didn’t even know there was such a thing as a bikini line. In fact, other than the Bikini Islands, bikini to me meant the skimpy bathing...
charles-killeen's picture
Mar.13.2014
Leaving my cramped little apartment at two a.m.I crept up the stairs to the third floor, nearly stopping on each step. In my hand I carried a poem sent to me from a fellow Red Room member in England, already scotch taped and ready to affix to the elderly poet's apartment door. I crept, not to...
tracy-ewens's picture
Mar.10.2014
I feel like a crockpot tonight. Like I'm stewing in my juices and it's only a matter of time before I cross over into something rich and nourishing, something I can finally understand and enjoy. I have spent most of my first fourty-two years searching for who I am, what makes me special, and what...
mary-lochridge's picture
Mar.07.2014
This is a part of a series of essays about precious time I spent with my father, Frank, in November, 2013.  It was just before he was moved into a dementia facility.  (see previous Me and Frank post)   My father Frank has always had a sweet tooth.  It appears his...
mary-lochridge's picture
Mar.07.2014
At the end of my life, for the record, I want to be a burden on my children.  Just so it's clear.  Burden.  I want that. Recently I have been working more and more with older adults and their families. There's a theme or pattern emerging: these folks don't want to be a burden on...
mary-lochridge's picture
Mar.06.2014
My mother and father have been married 65 years.  They continue to count their years together, but they no longer live under the same roof.  Frank Lochridge was moved into a dementia care facility in Missoula, Montana, just before Thanksgiving 2013.  I had the privilege of taking...
eva-lesko-natiello's picture
Mar.03.2014
Don’t you just hate those freezing cold nights when you wear your warmest flannel pajamas and thickest socks and hurry into bed but are still surprised by the smack of cold that comes off the sheets, so you pull the blankets up to your chin, even that one at the foot of the bed—you yank that up too...
mya-speeks's picture
Feb.15.2014
Nobody tells you when you're 28 that when you reach 38 you should be trying to prep yourself for 40.   That whole nubile body thing where you can jump up from the bed at a moments notice needs to be reinforced when you're 37 so when you reach 38 its not a surprise to your older less mobile...
tim-haywood's picture
Jan.28.2014
I hope you don't mind, but it's time to sound like an old guy.  Please read on, though, because a lot of you are also old, and if you aren't, this could prove useful. It doesn't hurt to look ahead a little, because as our good friend Russ Wilson likes to say, "The separation is in the...