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Dilemma: Spoiled for Choice

Dilemma: Spoiled for Choice

My mother loves cooking. She lives alone so she will cook a big batch of something and keep a little for herself and bring the rest to our house for our family to eat. Some of it is great, but many times we just don’t like what she cooks.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

by Angela Kubinec
 
After being diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), I conducted a thorough research of the illness, using WebMD and other sites with scary pictures of people’s insides.
I Remember, Therefore I Am, Part 2: False Memories and Memory Mistakes

I Remember, Therefore I Am, Part 2: False Memories and Memory Mistakes

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
Did you ever recount an experience from your past, only to be told that’s not how it happened?
Dilemma: Separation Anxiety

Dilemma: Separation Anxiety

My son is in 1st grade. I have recently separated from his father, so he and I are living without a Dad in the house. School started recently and while he says he loves school he completely falls apart when it’s time to go.
From Argos to Sotor

From Argos to Sotor

by Angela Kubinec
 
I have been working on a script for a movie that harkens back to the tradition of righteous revenge in the fresh light of the twenty-first century, an age where some dogs eat more nutritious food than people.
Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

by Emile DeWeaver
 
Watching the coverage of the Ghost Ship fire that struck my hometown of Oakland, I’m struck by how, as a nation, we play the blame game.
Mean Girls Aren’t Just in High School: Be Kind Whenever Possible

Mean Girls Aren’t Just in High School: Be Kind Whenever Possible

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
A childhood friend recently posted a nostalgic meme on Facebook. It was all fun and friendly. Until it wasn’t.
I Have Written a Volume of Poetry

I Have Written a Volume of Poetry

by Angela Kubinec
 
I have written a volume of poetry, a manuscript intended to be read as a body of work by someone with refinement and sensitivity, such as yourself.
Dilemma: Overextended

Dilemma: Overextended

I love fixing things—fixing problems, leading committees, volunteering for the needs of the community, etc., etc. The problem is everyone knows this and I can never say no.
I Remember, Therefore I Am, Part 1—Memory and the Self

I Remember, Therefore I Am, Part 1—Memory and the Self

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
Do you have a good memory? Are you sure? After all, you probably don’t remember what you don’t remember.
Adventures in Library Standing

Adventures in Library Standing

by Emile DeWeaver
 
I have this thing I do when I see a book lying unattended. I check the copyright page to see what printing the book is in, and then I read the first sentence of the first chapter.
Dilemma: a Loved One in an Abusive Relationship

Dilemma: a Loved One in an Abusive Relationship

Dear Dr. Donna: My daughter is in an abusive relationship. Her husband is very controlling and there have been times when he has gotten physically violent with her.
Ozick vs. Heller: The Sweet Science of Literary Catfights

Ozick vs. Heller: The Sweet Science of Literary Catfights

Our pulses are quickened by the prospect of a literary catfight, just as the hearts of men beat faster when they approach the scene of a high-stakes sporting event.
You Can’t Unring a Bell: Regrets and Do-Overs

You Can’t Unring a Bell: Regrets and Do-Overs

by Dr. Donna Roberts
 
Regrets: everyone has them to some extent. Harsh words, career mistakes, missed opportunities—these are all common experiences.
A Weapon of Mass Satisfaction

A Weapon of Mass Satisfaction

by Emile DeWeaver
 
Someone was about to perform a musical, and while Les Miserables and childhood memories of The Sound of Music have seeded some appreciation for the genre, a musical is hardly something I’d shirk work to watch.

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