The Day An Earth Angel Crossed My Path

On January 6, 2015, I found myself in an underground parking garage in full tachycardia fearing that I was going to die. A woman came out of an elevator, saw I was in distress, and asked if I needed help. I told her I was scared and needed to get to the ER, but didn’t…

The Shed

By Donna Dunn This is a short story written by a high school friend, Donna Dunn. Donna was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000. With MS in its advanced stages, she is wheelchair-ridden and unable to type because of severe tremors. She had a friend type this story for her. Donna wanted to have this…

The Place Where No Hope Meets Opportunity

It was 5:15 in the morning on Saturday, June 13th. The phone rang. It’s never good when the phone rings at that time of the morning. Especially the home phone that no one ever calls. My heart jumped on the first ring, as my husband groggily reached over to his left to pick up the…

The Prettiest Girl In The Room

It was my freshman year of college. Central Michigan University. The Wayside bar. I was in the ladies’ room primping, I’m sure, for my crush Rich Baskins – just in case he happened to show up that night. Brushing my hair in the mirror, a girl next to me asked if she could use my…

Alice Cooper IS Super Duper!

“It is not too difficult to imagine, nor should one fault, the 30-year-old Cooper for making at least one last sweep of the lucrative concert market and salting it away for security until some other enterprise strikes his fancy. After all, rock stars tend to have the longevity of professional athletes.” When Detroit News music…

And Baby Makes Three

  With the birth of my third great niece this morning, I rejoiced, shed tears of joy and felt my heart swell with pride for my eldest niece, Sara. I texted relatives. Announced it to my friends. Shared pictures with my sister. Sent my niece a giant, “I love you!” My heart was happy. And…

I Hate My Arms (And Other Thoughts On Aging)

“That dress is adorable!  Can you actually go sleeveless? Those days are gone for me,” wrote my friend in reference to a cute dress I’m planning to wear to a GRAMMY event. I replied, “I’m wearing a DKNY sweater. My arms aren’t very good either.  Whose are at 51?” This got me wondering:  What the…

The Girl And The Boy

After my mom passed away, and my dad was moving out of the house they shared for over 30 years, I spent a long weekend cleaning out boxes of belongings I had in their home since my childhood.  Everything from dolls to books, albums to jewelry – it all had to be sorted through and…

Never Can Say Goodbye

I’m always the last to leave a party.  I’ve overstayed relationships well past their expiration date.  I’ve kept cars because I’ve been too sentimental to give them up.  I have blouses that are 20 years old hanging in my closet that are just too packed full of memories to throw away.  I hoard because I…

The Target Serenity Prayer

Every time I go into Target, I have to say my own version of the Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to embrace the things I already own, the power to say no to the clothes and brightly colored pillows I don’t, and the wisdom to save for my retirement. Amen.”