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So there was this guy singing, see…

I used to have to go to student recitals when I took music appreciation in college. If they didn’t make us go, nobody would show up, because recitals were B-O-R-I-N-G. I was also taking art classes, so I’d relieve my…

Dignity and Desperation

When you sell stuff on craigslist, you meet a lot of nice people. This isn’t anonymous eBay, where you mail things to New York. This is real life, in your face, actual people coming to your house. The other day…

Got Wench?

This is an actual ad – not a joke – that appeared in my church’s March 2009 newsletter: ———–Need a Freezer?Large chest freezer, free to a good home for just coming to pick it up. If interested, call F*******s Community…

Toys for Tats

I bought a lot of toys when my two boys were little. To their great disappointment, many of those toys went into the toy closet, unopened, and have stayed there for years. These were not-to-be-played with toys. These were, in…

Last of the Fab Fifties

Four friends and I turned fifty this year. We’re all part of the close-knit staff of Spokane’s Union Gospel Mission homeless shelter, and our birthday bashes stretched from January through December. But that’s not everyone – my husband, Scotty, and…

Bidding Goodbye – to Stuff

Stuff. Too much, far too much, the accumulation of 25 years of living in the same place. A place that has far, far too much space in which to store the stuff. I have a house with large closets, a…

Disaster Averted, Pumpkin Pie Triumphs

I failed the holiday acid test. Thanksgiving Day was PP-Day: it was high time for me make my first pumpkin pie, especially since it was on my husband’s “it isn’t Thanksgiving without it” list. I already had an apple pie…

Two Years of Laughing

I had never laughed as much or as hard as I have in the past two years. Actually two years, four months, seven days – since the day Scotty came into my life. November 11 marked our second wedding anniversary,…

What Is the Value of Pie?

I’m not afraid to bake a pie. I’ve heard rumors there are women who are afraid to try because they’re intimidated by the intricate process of crust making, or they’ve failed to make a perfect crust in the past. Being…