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by cjross
Jun 09, 2014

My friend Andy killed himself after returning from active reserve military duty. A mutual friend called out of the blue and said I've got some bad news for you, our friend Andy's killed himself. I was disappointed, sad, and not the least...


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by cjross
May 29, 2014

In 1995, my friends and I decided to climb the 14,495 foot Mount Whitney. The mountain had a heavy snowpack from winter, so we knew snowshoes would be mandatory. We planned the climb for several weeks. We drove 500 miles from San Francisco across...


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by cjross
May 28, 2014

In June 1996, we adopted a dog from the Marin Humane Society. Ironically, we almost did not adopt the dog due to an overzealous volunteer at the humane society trying to talk us out of adopting a dog. My wife and I had finally gotten our own...


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by cjross
May 23, 2014

You've heard of the Boston Tea Party, but have you ever heard of the Brunswick Coffee Party? I was walking into my middle school sipping my morning cup of Joe when I was accosted by an angry teacher. Acting like a member of the Al-Qaeda, my...


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by cjross
May 23, 2014

It was the summer of 1973. My family was staying at the Redefer Court Cottages at Dewey Beach, Delaware. I was eleven years old and my younger sister was nine. We stayed at the cottages every summer for one week from Saturday to Saturday. This...


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by rbishop@hampmach.com
May 15, 2014

My older sister determined fairly early, that she wanted to be a mortition. This was in a world where no women funeral directors existed except your family owned business and the women were usally the bookkeepers or the secretary. Rarely did...


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by mikecressy
May 13, 2014

Mom was a big fan of the movies and so when I lived in Los Angeles she came for a visit from Michigan with her sister May. (Short for Matina. A good Greek name.)

I took her to many of the standard L.A. haunts but I think she got the...


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by cjross
May 08, 2014

In 1973, I was a fifth grader at Folger McKinsey Elementary School. Every morning we'd say our pledge of allegiance and sing our school song, "Folger McKinsey to you we sing." Two of our classmates decided to create a club called...


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by Christopher Rivas
May 07, 2014






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by CarlParkCity
May 02, 2014

“The Blue Line Gypsies” As told by Parker Hansen

I hope this topic hasn’t been discussed…


This story follows three American tourists and two Hungarians on the above ground metro in Budapest,...


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by cjross
May 02, 2014

I never wanted to join the Boy Scouts. My parents tried to get me to join, but I resisted. I loved the outdoors, but on my own terms not in a paramilitary regimented fashion. I always bristled at the bureaucracy and autocracy that scouts...


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by PeterBerube
Apr 30, 2014

This piece was first performed at the Beyond Imagination Story Slam at the Cupcake Theater in Los Angeles. 




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by DorothyK
Apr 29, 2014

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by KeithLowell
Apr 28, 2014

My friend Dale made a living playing Santa Claus. When Dale passed away his widow, Jean, did her best to honor Dale's wish to have a fun service rather than a stodgy, mopey funeral. Dales friends were contacted to perform music, read poetry,...


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by KellyGerMalone
Apr 27, 2014

Just over two years ago, lying in a dark room, sleeping off a hangover, Mike Scott says that he would never have pictured jetting off to Hawaii to speak at the World Indigenous Education Conference.