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by cjross
Feb 25, 2014

The Kitten Whisperer

I’ve been called many things from problem solver to trouble shooter, but never a cat whisperer.  I like cats, but I’m allergic to them. We had two cats growing up, but it wasn’t until I was a...


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by gorocketgo
Feb 23, 2014

When I was just a 10 year old boy, I met CJ. He was good at dodge ball and always jumped in front of me to take the hit, hoping to catch the ball and throw it back.

There was something about this boy that was different than the rest. He...


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by cmurene
Feb 23, 2014



"NO, kids, we're NOT getting a Cat: Daddy's allergic…."

At least, that's what I told them when we settled into our new house in 2006.

Truth is, I've always been a bit wary...


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by oddbygod
Feb 22, 2014

It's amazing how often my elderly hospice patients advise me to live without fear, love with everything I have, enjoy life while I'm still young, and do what makes me happy. They say this so often I've come to believe they are...


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by Linda Summersea
Feb 21, 2014

The events leading up to a night at a legendary (and now defunct) Mississippi juke joint.



Feb 21, 2014

It was a calm and beautiful summer's day. I was doing the regular summer thing to do in suburbia, which was avoiding anything to do with the outside, because numbing your brain with video games was a much easier prospect, when I was...


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by cjross
Feb 21, 2014

Rite of Passage


About 8 years ago I read Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink – it’s main thesis is that instant, blink of an eye, conclusions are valid.

So I finish Blink & the very next day I’m at a gallery opening in SF.  Suddenly...


Like wallpaper on a wall not all memories can be retired. 

This tale started in days long past - I was young and all was fresh. I had more of a future than a past.

Sarah was 26 to my 21.

I was travelling in Europe post 2...


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by tomhouston
Feb 20, 2014

For my 60th birthday, I took by son and daughter and my daughter’s fiancé, Doug,  to Zambia Africa for a walking safari.  My son, daughter and I had all been out on trails before with the Wilderness Leadership...


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by timloudly
Feb 18, 2014


Quiet? Nope, just pressurizing.



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by sparkice
Feb 16, 2014

I was 19 years old and working part time nights as a bus boy at Max's Kansas City which was a major gathering spot for musicians, poets, and artists like Robert Rauschenberg, John Chamberlain, Jasper Johns, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg...


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by hassanwigginsyahjnhk
Feb 16, 2014

For free in this life is in fact permanent, and that probably the most of our human foundations and the greatest from...


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by gartnercarolyn
Feb 16, 2014

The story of my first patient when I was a hospice intern making home visits in Brooklyn. 


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by cardthea
Feb 14, 2014

In 2012 I met the love of my life, my husband Aden.  And last July I was faced with the ever difficult task of finding the PERFECT birthday gift for him while being depressingly broke.  He made me swear not to buy him anything, so...