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Sitting on the couch one November night, my best friend and I were drinking margaritas. My husband and I had recently decided to get divorced, and I was talking about how long it had been since I had been kissed (quite a while) and whether I really wanted to be bothered finding someone else to kiss. The truth, of course, was that the person I wanted was sitting right next …

My life changed the moment he whispered..."come back to me!" I turned my comfortable life upside down for him. A man who supports me and encourages all that I do. He became the witness to my life...that day. It was crazy to leave it all behind: a marriage, family, friends. But I did. Without even a second thought. Because of that moment I have more than I have ever thought …

Sitting in a gloomy cafeteria, eating barely passable lunch food, surrounded by hundreds of strangers...and feeling less alone than I had in months. It was the first day of my MFA program in creative writing, the people around me talked about books and writing and words. I knew I was in the right place. I was home.

Every other year my Grandmother would come from Lima, Peru and spend an entire year with us stateside. I loved having her around. She was a kind and free spirit. I remember when we all went to Disneyland, a trip my strapped parents had saved years for. My Grandmother sat next to me on the Space Mountain roller coaster. As we plunged into the darkness of …

Sitting in the rocking chair in our cozy living room, I stared down at my daughter’s black curls. It was the middle of the night and my husband was fast asleep. Amy’s beautiful, petite face was warm against my breast. Tears of joy filled my eyes as I watched her nurse.

Before I was pregnant, it had never occurred to me to breastfeed. Even during those long nine months, …

I used to follow life as it came. Now I follow dreams. I hope you will join us someday.

Sitting at my computer I remember typing, “Hello I'm Tumbleweeds someone in the chat room emailed me and said you needed help with a horse problem?” And that's how it started – a simple hello. I was a member of an online chat community called Cowboy.com when a man from England wanted to know how to correct a problem he was having with his horse. We …
The agency called. It's a boy!

I failed all my school exams in my final year. I got into University anyway and couldn't imagine a better life. Things always work out.

When the phone rang that day in June of 2006, I had no idea my life would change forever. I answered, and a woman on the other end informed me of an affair between she and my husband. Adrenalin racing, this couldn't be happening, hang up phone, heart pounding, call husband, yeah it was true. Panic, grief, hysteria, all rolled up into the span of a few minutes.
They …

Tonight, mine was the only car on the road. I distinctly remember driving past Exit 6 on the highway. It was about midnight, the heater in the car was blowing but I was still cold. The night was so dark that I was just following my headlights home. My family was asleep in the car. We had a fun Christmas vacation with my Mom and sister at a …

Tonight, mine was the only car on the road. I distinctly remember driving past Exit 6 on the highway. It was about midnight, the heater in the car was blowing but I was still cold. The night was so dark that I was just following my headlights home. My family was asleep in the car. We had a fun Christmas vacation with my Mom and sister at a …

He had asked me to marry him, but I wasn't sure. I needed more time to consider his proposal. I wasn't confident he loved me enough to truly love me for a lifetime.

Days passed. I was in California and he was in Utah. An old boyfriend who had been in Europe contacted my parents and mentioned wanting to talk to me. I was curious …

I was never one for New Year’s resolutions. I don’t like to make a promise (to myself or to others) that I pretty much know that I won’t keep.

But this year, I have made a resolution. I want to finish a large, king size quilt that I started for my friend Nancy three years ago.

When Nancy’s husband Ken died, Nancy didn’t want to part with his …

I didn't realise how difficult such a short time away from you could be, until I realised there was nothing I wanted to photograph without you in sight.

I was down on my luck - I was past 40, unemployed, I'd lost my car in the hurricane and I was in the process of losing my home. I had nothing to lose. A man I'd never met before had been laughing at me cracking jokes on an independent movie set. He said, "Hey you should try stand-up comedy." I said, "You're right." I did …

My mother was very sick with Alzheimer’s disease the summer of 2001. Her short term memory was mostly gone, she was restless, frightened, paranoid, and never slept. The only thing she wanted, the only thing she could ask for, was to go back to Serbia. She begged me to take her back, and spent hours standing by the front door with her bag in her hand. I promised that we …

Standing at the edge of time
the past and future flowing
the river swelled
revealed eternity
the moment your small hand
reached into mine
I clasped it firmly
lest yesterday pull me under

Looking back, we can laugh a little at the grave humor. We were on the way to my uncle's funeral. I went with my Dad to help with Mom who had Alzheimer's. My …

It started at my kitchen window on a warm June day. Thunk, thunk, thunk. I ignored it at first; not thinking much of it at all. Then it got louder and more frequent!! I finally looked up from my computer at the table to see this amazing site. 30-40 dragonflies were flying through my front yard. I grew up on a farm and never in my life had I seen …

I was on vacation with several teacher friends in Puerto Rico during winter break in 1966. We were on the elevator going down from our room to the beach when I remembered that we forgot the football.

I got off and told them I would meet them on the beach. Two minutes later I was back on the elevator and looking at the most beautiful 23 …
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Tomorrowland "Daisy, F3," my son Archer says as we pull into our parking spot. Disneyland’s about to open and we've arrived, just the two of us, our last hoorah before school starts. *** The alarm goes off and I pull the pillow tightly over my head. My husband, Hal, offers to wake the kids so I roll over, fall back asleep until Archer's voice wakes me, this time for good. "Hi, Mommy. It's …
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With Both Hands Whenever I think of my mother, my mind flips to this story. Not to the whole story, but right to the middle of it, the worst moments of it. For me, that's where the story always starts. My mother was beating the hell out of me. The first few blows seemed to come from every direction as I grabbed my nightgown and pulled it over my head, not …
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Reasons to be Thankful By Robert Israel They scraped me off the street, my bicycle in a heap nearby, and ever so gingerly placed me on the gurney. A crowd of curious onlookers watched intently, thankful they were not being loaded onto the ambulance. The nurses at the hospital were calming as nurses are wont to be, and administered an intravenous tube of morphine, and soon everything around me became fuzzy and numb, and the …
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