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annette-talbert's picture
Jul.23.2012
I just came back from a quick trip this past weekend to celebrate my paternal aunt's 80th birthday. I was able to spend time with extended family, seeing some for the first time in thirteen years. We all lamented how far-flung we have become over the past sixty years. Growing up, my parent's...
linda-spear's picture
Aug.30.2010
Just an hour away from our house live my daughter’s inlaws.  A lifetime of two cultures away is the bigger divide.  They are German by birth—born in the city of Manheim and raised under the tutelage of mothers who were estranged from their men due to WW II.  The mother was the child of a sea...
kyla-perry's picture
Dec.12.2009
It doesn't snow in my life, anymore. Not like it used to.  Snow to many people means death, winter, hibernation. The green sprouts go into hiding, the birds flee en masse. The roads ice up and people instantly forget how to drive, the car takes forever to warm up and the heater even longer. All...
balthazar-rodrigue-nzomono-balenda's picture
Nov.16.2009
Last week, I was at school and I was doing my project. My sisters sent me a message on Facebook to call them and I was worried because I thought something happened to my family or I was so afraid.      When I called my elder sister, I asked her about what was going on because one of my...
debra-shiveley-welch's picture
Sep.25.2009
I awoke early, as was my habit on Christmas Day.  There was a lot to do to make sure that this Christmas, like those preceding it, would be special to all involved.  There was coffee to make, breakfast to prepare, the opening of gifts and the pillaging of Christmas stockings awaiting us before...
sue-glasco's picture
Jul.05.2009
Although I was not involved, I was delighted to see this front page story on the Southern Illinoisan yesterday.  I thought it was a neat tribute to the young descendants of the Cherokee who came through our region with so much suffering in 1838-39. I was so pleased that Joe and Ethel Crabb and...
corinne-heather-copnick's picture
May.18.2009
Guess what? Are you sitting down? With all the excitement about my recent accolades, I forgot to mention the most important news of all. My book, "Cryo Kid -- Drawing a New Map" (www.cryokid.com) is written in part about the discovery of eight half-siblings (scattered across the U.S.) for...
lauren-john's picture
May.05.2009
My long gone grandmothers would never have written essays about being grandmothers. For one thing, Grandma Rose, a seamstress born in Shepetovker, Ukraine, could not read or write.  Thoroughly modern American-born Grandma Becky, a ballerina in her youth and Bloomingdales salesperson in an era when...
robert-sward's picture
Dec.09.2008
"Seventy-five," he says. "That's a good number." He's in his 60s. What do you mean, "a good number?" "Seventy-five is a passing grade. If you make it to 100 you get an A." * Apropos of nothing she says: "End of show. Lights up. That's it."  *  M is...