Monthly Archives: October 2004

Coming Out and In

| By Barbara Marlowe | I came out as a lesbian when I was twenty-two. I fell madly, passionately in love with a black haired beauty of Native American and Greek heritage. With a gap-toothed grin and subtle lift of …

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Why Women Vote … Or Not!

You’ve probably seen the signs everywhere—Register to Vote! Retail stores all over the area have forms to fill out; people like George Handy and his daughter drive around with a huge sign on their vehicle and park in coffee shop …

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What Does A Woman Want?

Back in the days when chivalry did not mean repression, King Arthur and his knights were out hunting. Just as he was about to snag a deer, a challenger appeared, full of righteous indignation, demanding battle. Arthur, who had gone …

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Profile: Vera Struck

| By Rachelle Rogers | She begins, “I was once told, ‘Vera, you lack the art of subtlety,’ and I was very depressed for a long time. Very depressed.” We are in the living room of her home, her sanctuary, …

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A Birthday Present

| By Diana Soulaé | My father’s letter had been sitting on my desk for six weeks, unanswered. His news was disturbing—colon and liver cancer. He was 70; I was one week away from my 50th birthday. Though we had …

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Preparing Myself

| By Britt Kaufmann | My husband and I sat side-by-side in the waiting room of the radiology department, neither of us reading magazines. “I’m sure I’m miscarrying,” I told him again, preparing myself. I’d been bleeding too much for …

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The Most Powerful Four-Letter Word

| By Cheryl Dietrich | Here’s a quick quiz for you. Take the three letters, e, o, and v. Add another consonant, mix them up, and come up with the most powerful word in the English language. I hear a …

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Poetry: Power in Excess

| By Maria Fire | The wife got me to the doctor last week to check my sugar. In the waiting room I read a magazine about a place in Africa where red baboons wake early each morning, stand still …

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Interrupting Our Patterns

| By Julie Parker | We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.- Albert Einstein Here we are the month before elections, and everyone is pointing fingers, Left and Right. Emails are flying …

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Paradigm Shift in History of Philanthropy

| By Ann Dunn | An important innovation in the world of philanthropy is taking place, and three women-led non-profits are responsible. I speak of a unique coalition that has recently formed right here in Western North Carolina. There has …

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CosmiComedy: Living at the Speed of Light

“Now! Now!” cried the Queen. “Faster! Faster!” Lewis Carroll – Through The Looking Glass It’s Halloween and I’m at the Biltmore Estate, with its 250 rooms, 43 bathrooms, packed from floor to ceiling with precious art from Dürer to Renoir. …

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Funny, Isn’t It?

Screw me once…shame on you. Screw me twice…shame on me! I have lived my life naturally adhering to that concept, and the belief in it has served me well. How about you? Are you by nature a fairly trusting soul? …

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Eccentrics in Training

| By Rose Sierra | Florence Foster Jenkins sang wildly out of tune, but it never stopped her from becoming an opera diva. Nor did it prevent people from flocking to her turn-of-the-century performances, including private recitals at the Ritz …

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Dubya

| By Rivkah Koppel | I have this very sad feeling we’re going to have Dubya around for 4 more years. I keep trying to figure out the spiritual significance to this since I feel his presidency represents some of …

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