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by annebthomas
Nov 13, 2014

It’s March, 1976 and I’m standing on the side of the road in Sicily next to my new Canadian boyfriend MJ with our thumbs out.  A white florist’s van stops to give us a lift.  The driver is Micheli. We have a cheerful...

 

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by annebthomas
Nov 13, 2014

It’s long after midnight. I’m tired.  I’m sitting in my wheelchair in the rain on the tarmac at the Ivato International Airport in Madagascar.  I’m waiting to board my Air France flight to Paris and then home to...

 

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by Bensajew
Nov 10, 2014

“This is a good day,” I say to myself, out loud, as I drag myself out of bed and onto the carpet.  The room is nearly absent of heat.  I prefer pushups in the dark, and alone, so nobody can hear me struggle to raise the body...

 

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by Bensajew
Nov 10, 2014

This letter was given to a local pastor some years back by a banker. 

Pastor Stephens,

 

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by Bensajew
Nov 10, 2014

I could tell he was a banker from fifty feet away.  A full head of white hair was parted down the side.  He wore the signature Datejust Rolex with the face turned to the inside of his wrist (a sign of someone needing to discreetly check...

 

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by Bensajew
Nov 10, 2014

I’ll never forget my 12th Christmas.  Back in those days, it seemed like we had more money than we probably actually did.  I think part of the reason that Christmas seemed so grand was that our desires cost less than the new...

 

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by Bensajew
Nov 10, 2014

It was nearly Christmas, and we were grateful it had been a relatively quiet rescue season thus far.  The Vail Mountain Rescue Group had decided to hold a party at one of our member’s homes.  Watching mountain men, ex marines,...

 

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by Bensajew
Nov 10, 2014

I was nine or ten years old, letting my arms dangle over the top of the metal gate to the corral, standing on the second or third green steel bar so I could see over the cattle already penned.  It was spring in Montana, and the cold of the...

 

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by Bensajew
Nov 10, 2014

From where I’m standing in Battery Park waiting for the ferry, I can simultaneously see the Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building.  The brass and steel globe that used to stand in the courtyard of the World Trade Center was moved...

 

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by Bensajew
Nov 10, 2014

I went to a fortune teller some years back.  She didn’t need the palm of my hand, and she didn’t use cards.  In fact, the telling felt more like a medical examination than a trip into the supernatural.  She claimed to...

 

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by Bensajew
Nov 10, 2014

I picked up my first hitchhiker about five years ago when I was headed to a meeting in Salt Lake City.  I’m not exactly sure why I stopped on that particular day.  For reasons too long to share, I suppose I’ve always assumed...

 

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by EricN8886
Nov 09, 2014

When I was a baby, my grandma got me a teddy bear. This wasn't just any teddy bear. This was the 1986 Bloomingdale's Christmas Teddy Bear by Gund. You see, around holiday time, Bloomingdale's ran a special that if you spent more than...

 

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by EddieLin
Nov 07, 2014

A Chinese Christmas Carol

by 

Eddie Lin

 

I knew something was up. Even at the tender age of four, I could smell a scheme simmering. My mom was fussing over me and my little brother more than usual. She...

 

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by cjross
Nov 07, 2014

In the 1990’s, there was a marijuana garden located in Muir Woods adjacent Mill Valley, California. The National Park Service assigned two narcotics investigators to the criminal investigation.  The marijuana garden was cleverly...

 

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by Nicholas Geisler
Nov 06, 2014

I've attached the story of my family's first and last cross-country roadtrip, a trip from Georgia to Montana with an Italian foreign exchange student and the prettiest girl my 10 year-old self had ever seen. Rather than try and...