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The mishmash drawer

People and properties generally function on the basis of order and discipline. Sofas are in living rooms. Night tables are in bedrooms. Pots and pans are in kitchens. Thou... read more...


The one thing you can count on

In order to describe what happened, I have to transport you to a time and place when the twins, Tierney and Doe Madrigal, were not quite teens. Their mother, Jeanette, had an... read more...


The shoulders of giants

Imagine this. You are a child. Your reading-age is somewhere between Just So Stories and Robinson Crusoe. You are sitting on a window seat overlooking a leafy backyard. Yo... read more...


Refigerator Magnets and the End of Civilization

Last week, I tried to give a birthday present to my friend. I was certain at the time that it was both practical and thoughtful. I was wrong. My rejected (humph) present ... read more...


Refigerator Magnets and the End of Civilization

Last week, I tried to give a birthday present to my friend. I was certain at the time that it was both practical and thoughtful. I was wrong. My rejected (humph) present ... read more...


The Jewelry Counter

I'll tell you a story: A fiction column by Shelly Reuben My name is Chester McBride. I taught literature in Community College for twenty-six years. In the course... read more...


Be a lady, Fred

My mother’s words were magic wands that cast spells over miles and generations. Certainly, three of those words, “Be a lady,” seem to have given mystical powers to those who ... read more...


Big Footsteps - Sgt. Samuel Moses Hurwitz

By Shelly Reuben Contributor INTRODUCTION When we were little kids, we had fathers, brothers, or uncles who walked ahead of us in the snow. We gingerly placed our feet int... read more...


The accidental invention of Autumn

By Shelly Reuben Once upon a time, the President of the Universe sat in his office and looked down through the clouds at planet earth. All things considered, he reflected ... read more...


I am writer. Hear me snore.

My pencils are sharpened. I have a dozen erasable pens at hand—six blue and six red. A stack of legal pads is within an arm’s reach. The first is sitting, blank and invitin... read more...


There is no breeze like a breeze on a Carousel

Imagine this: You are a child. You are bedazzled by brightly painted high-stepping horses with long flowing manes, bejeweled bridles, and colorful saddles. The horses pra... read more...


Eyes right

Editor’s Note: The fol- lowing column originally appeared in the May 29, 2008 edition of The Evening Sun. Because I live only half a block from the parade route, over the ye... read more...


Plots ... The Training Ground

I think I was … um … mumble mumble years old before I realized that not everybody reads every single word describing every single movie that was ever made. Actually, this rea... read more...


Contraband reading ... and other happy misdeeds

I was going to a funeral service last Saturday when I started to think about my life as a secret reader. A friend, knowing I had to attend a Greek Orthodox mass, casually men... read more...


Jeff Genung is off to slay new dragons. Great Caesar’s Ghost!

Jeff Genung allowed me to fulfill a dream. Before I met him, I had published books. I had married the man of my dreams. I’d even had enough adventures to satisfy Harry Potter... read more...



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