My Life So Far Archive

You Gotta Move

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

“Moving is among the most stressful things Americans ever experience—not least because it often involves extortion,” writes Marshall Poe. Check out his essay, “You Gotta Move,” about the shadiest operation in town.

My Life in Lists

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Some people keep journals. Stacy Abramson makes lists. The sum of her life with bullet points and photographs is just as revealing as a 2,000-word essay. Read her piece, “My Life in Lists,” and make a list of your own.

A Christmas Tale by Suzanne Clores

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Suzanne Clores, a Chicago-based teacher, writer and author of Memoirs of a Spiritual Outsider, has posted an essay in our My Life So Far story project called Tradition: Make it Or Break It. Clores’ piece is the spiced ginger chocolate cookie of holiday stories: sweet and delicious, with a surprising bite.

It’s tough being a mom

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Wow, must be something in the air. Or water. This week’s featured submissions were locked and loaded long before the Republican debacles, but I love the fact that we’re all vibing as one.
In Deska Brown’s Worried Days we get up close and personal with one mother’s experience with her child’s chronic illnesses. “I make the [...]

Dog Day Afternoons

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

From an early age we learn not to expect much these last days in August. Between the heat and the general anxiety that fall is ABOUT TO START, we don’t get much done. This makes it all the more impressive the standout submissions we’ve recently received here at SMITH.
Family is turf we never tire of [...]

I think there’s a 12-step program for that…

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

I love writers. Such a carnal, misguided lot we are.
This is painfully put into stanza in Milsta’s “My Mother Told Me,” the story of a budding poetess trying to love her way into adulthood. “I was escorted through town embarrassed at how love looks when you finally sober up.”
The business end of love is [...]

The Tease is On….

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Ever wondered what it’s like to get an erotic novel published? It was a surprise to Robin Slick, too. Bounce along as she tells the tale in “My Brilliant Career.” First hint: she didn’t know she was writing an erotic novel.
“Mexican Teenager” is the ultimate tease. “I haven’t been trying to resist him at all; [...]

My Life So Far: Christmas in July

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Here at SMITH Magazine the air outside is hot as soup, but William Denton conjures up a painfully cold Christmas day in his story, “So this is Christmas…”—chilly not so much for the temperature as the family. He writes: “When I wake up, the only wreath in the house is one of cigarette and marijuana [...]

“Oh Crap, He’s a Better Parent”—A Father’s Day Story

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads. Lynn Fox sends her husband Mike this Father’s Day gift, a beautiful essay she’s written our My Life So Far story project, SMITH’s home for readers’ memoirs-in-progress or personal essays. I can’t imagine a better tribute to the father of one’s children than “Oh Crap, He’s a Better [...]

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