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melinda-fulmer's picture
Jul.14.2010
In high school, normal was a dirty word to me. I went out of my way to seek out the unusual in my thrift store clothes, music (Nina Hagen anyone?) and hilariously goofy friends. I remember feeling a strong sense of self and a certain pride that I didn't look or act like everyone else at my...
ginny-buccelli's picture
Jul.14.2010
When my daughter was six-years old she often spent her afternoons with her best friend Brianna. Brianna’s grandmother was a nice enough lady who often carted the girls around on errands after school. One day during a particularly lively play date Brianna’s grandma said to my daughter, “Melia, you...
jesus-villalobos's picture
Jul.14.2010
How was I different? I spent most of my time in my room when other children were out making friends, causing trouble, playing baseball, or any other number of things. I spent my time studying my Bible. Would I change anything? Nope. After 43 years of study I have written three books I have...
donna-bartley's picture
Jul.14.2010
        She came in one misty spring morning without fanfare just the slide step-clunk, step-clunk of a girl swinging her right leg in a brace to slide- step-clunk. Probably polio but nobody knew. But this day marked a turning point in his adolescent life.        Her name was Carly, and she was...
aliki-mcelreath's picture
Jul.14.2010
One day last week I was waiting in line at Starbucks when a tall woman approached me. "Excuse me," she said. "Didn't I come to a party at your house maybe two years ago?" I knew right away that she had. Although I wouldn't have picked her out from all the other people in the...
wendy-braitman's picture
Jul.14.2010
The spinster and I are not friends. I keep her at a distance where she belongs, encrusted in history like a relic. With good reason. No woman wants to be caught standing beside her. But she tugs at me. Could we have anything in common? I decided to go on a spinster hunt. Force her into the light...
therese-guy's picture
Jul.14.2010
Eliminating Fear    “ Trips to the out house   daily routine of elimination   first thing in the morning   last thing at night.”       My sister wrote that poem about her austere way of life in the north woods. People suffer all kinds of disabilities but few rank up there as too embarrassing to...
karina-harris's picture
Jul.14.2010
There has always been a reason to feel different.  When I was five we moved to Louisiana, and it was my strange Alabama accent--the way I said "niiiight".  When I was nine it was my light skin and freckles in a land of dark skinned beauties when we moved to India.  I was also left-handed...
stefania-holmes's picture
Jul.14.2010
As the French say, "Vive la differance."  It is a true statement.   Being different is what makes us unique from everyone else. I know what it is to be different,  when all you want to be is invisible.  I guess I was different because I did not belong to any special...
edmund-jenks's picture
Jul.14.2010
The Money Shot - "Wheel Up" - This image was captured on July 11, 2010 while Hershel McGriff was taking his first runs in his new 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series campaign car during its first Shakedown Trial held at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway (CVR). Turns #8, #9, and #10 are a...