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katherine-holmes's picture
Feb.15.2014
Once in a while I become acquainted with a forgotten author or publication that I want to collect – especially after my stock of it sells.  Woman’s World magazine, published in Chicago until the late 1930s, is one of those. It was “The Magazine of the Middle West” in the 1920s and then “...
JohnnyOla's picture
Jul.10.2013
  A lot of you out there think I make up most of the stories that appear on this blog, but you would be surprised to know that most of it is real. I may embellish a little from time to time, but that is just poetic license. After all, I am a fiction writer.   Today I will take a stroll...
kurt-andersen's picture
Jun.05.2012
The first novel I read by Don DeLillo, the one that turned me into a lifelong fan, was his first novel, Americana, which I read in the mid-70s, before he was Don DeLillo. It's almost certainly the least well-known of his books. I recently re-read it, having read a half dozen of his novels since, in...
courtney-farrell's picture
Mar.02.2012
  Official disclaimer: Most of this story is true.  I took some liberties with the facts to protect the identity of the real pig owner, an amazingly obnoxious rich lady we dubbed Mrs. God.  My friend Jackie and I worked for this woman when we were kids, cleaning her barn full of show...
courtney-farrell's picture
Mar.02.2012
Official disclaimer: Most of this story is true.  I took some liberties with the facts to protect the identity of the real pig owner, an amazingly obnoxious rich lady we dubbed Mrs. God.  My friend Jackie and I worked for this woman when we were kids, cleaning her barn full of show...
heather-stobo's picture
Aug.25.2011
Prologue part 3 - The Preparation - Saturday, February 1. Margie had a wall map, six folded maps, endless editions of pocket maps, an atlas, and an antique globe where we could chart our course.  To prevent confusion, she purchased a box of red pins to mark her route choices, blue to mark...
SharonWalling's picture
Jul.20.2010
My mother called them Ho-bos. They were plentiful in the forties. She said they weren’t bums, because they wanted to work. Yes, we lived in California. Supposedly that’s where the term was coined. Bums never wanted to work; they just wanted a handout. We lived in a tiny house less than a mile from...
mary-wilkinson's picture
Feb.22.2010
When I opened the package on the morning of my eighth birthday I was horrified to see an ordinary Sindy instead of the expected glamorous Barbie. I am quite sure Sindy was placed on a shelf in my bedroom where she aged rapidly from lack of use. But my friend Rita had several Barbies and a Barbie...