Monthly Archives: June 2004

The Legacy of Toy Whitley Revisited

| By Julie Savage Parker | “A nursing home can be a prison; a school can also be a prison. The young look restlessly for escape from encircling walls; the old move through their memories as through the darkened rooms …

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Confessions of a Wal-Mart Consumer; Or, I Bought Cheap Plastic Crap at Wal-Mart

| By Gloria Good | I decided to buy a baby pool for my dog. This was a strange reversal of economic policy, as I hadn’t even bought a baby pool for my actual baby. (And she was almost nine.) …

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Vintage Travel

| By Stephanie Marks | I’m a fully equipped ‘53 model gal. Not much rust. A few dents, but most have been repaired. I still start up, even in cold weather, but I may need to idle for a few …

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The Importance of “Throwing Like A Boy”

| By Jane Lawson | My 89-year-old father died last month. Where do I begin to describe the feelings I have about him, about the importance of our relationship, and the transition that his passing has for me? Dad was …

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Talking Big

| By Judith Teele | She, the philanthropist, has given big bucks for a community art project and has blown into town for the opening. We have supper and swap stories. We mention the birthday party the next day for …

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Stay Pure and Show Up

| By Pat Beebe | He was an enveloping kind of man. Of average height and build, George somehow filled up the room, hugged without touching, warmed with his smile, cheered with the resonant thunder of his laughter, reassured with …

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Poetry: Slowly the Mighty Waken

| By Barbara Marlowe (for my husband and friends Thanksgiving, 2003) | I keep hiding the papers that hold ideas I’m not supposed to know Getting close to my powers is daunting. I’m tempted to reign back my fiery gray …

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Readers Write

We got nothing but positive responses to printing the image in What’s Wrong With This Picture? in our May issue. Here are two of them: An open invitation for strong, opinionated women to be heard? This is why your magazine …

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Poetry: How Now …?

| By Mary Etta Perry | For the songs I’ve never heard, I shall listen more and again. For the poems I’ve yet to write, I shall pick up my pen. But…how shall I dance How now, shall I dance? …

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Funny, Isn’t It?

My recent column on feminism elicited some interesting e-mail comments from readers. Here’s one of them… For me, the word feminism has become synonymous with lesbian. Not that that’s a terrible thing, but it makes it harder for me to …

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Fear of 50

| By Ellen Winner | The birthday cards started arriving in the mail a full month before my birthday. Not just one or two, but three and four a day, every day. The inordinate profusion of colorful envelopes in the …

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My Father Loved

| By Peggy Millin | Last month the members of the Tell It Like It Is classes I lead wrote from the prompt, “My father loved…” for seven minutes. Writers are invited to interpret the prompt however they want—one person …

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Eye of the Storm

| By Amanda L. Trancoso | My daughter has become a young woman overnight, and I am at a loss. Just the other day, one-year old Eden indulged in her new habit of throwing food on the ground. This is …

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Dark Horse Gallery

Deborah James says Dark Horse Gallery & Curiosities is only the first of the Willful Women Enterprises. The idea for the gallery, located in Forest City, really started when Deborah realized she couldn’t even get a job at the local …

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