A Little Light in Fall

I had no idea why Dad was so grumpy. They were just leaves–piles of them that he had spent the last hour raking onto a big, blue tarp and hauling off into the woods at the edge of our yard. While my father raked, my brother and I chased each other around the yard, diving,…

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Cosmopolitan Articles, 1860

Whalebone? Cotton? Silk?: What Your Corset Says About You Vapors! When It’s Okay to Fake It! Tempt’n Temperance: The sexy social cause you need to get behind! How Pious Are You? Take the Cosmo Quiz! Va-Va-Venison! New Things in Stews! Is He Spending Too Much Time at the Ale House?: 7 warning signs you might…

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Brave on Paper

We’re all brave somewhere. I’m brave on paper. A woman friend of mine recently confronted a man on an airplane. This seems equal parts courageous and unadvisable. You’re already sardined into the equivalent of a flying Dairy Whip canister with nothing between one another but flimsy pieces of plastic and a bag containing six off-brand…

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Fourth Chair

Even though I didn’t know how to play any type of jazz instrument, when I was a junior in high school I decided I was going to join jazz band. Ours was a fairly typical suburban high school arts program: understaffed, under appreciated, underfunded. The light board for our school’s auditorium was run by a…

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