Suprise Me

Girl Stories by
100
(125 Stories)

Prompted By What We Read

/ Stories

I was an exuberant reader, often reading by flashlight under the covers when I was supposed to be sleeping. I heard my 3rd grade teacher telling someone in the school hallway that I tested at a 10th grade level at that tender age. I loved “girl” books and there were plenty in my household, hand-me-downs…
Read More

Getting there… and never looking back by
5
(7 Stories)

/ Stories

The first day on campus can be fun and scary at the same time
Read More

Homemade Wearables by
10
(18 Stories)

Prompted By What We Wore

/ Stories

There was a time when I unleashed my creativity and started making stuff cause what I wanted to wear was not available in stores. It caused me to dabble in all sorts of crafts. For starters there was leatherwork.There’s a certain confidence gained when you make your own shoes. Just get some materials, trace your…
Read More

Something to Talk About by
100
(104 Stories)

Prompted By Concerts

/ Stories

A Saturday in April. Sophomore year of college. Three days later Nixon would invade Cambodia. Less than a week after that, four students would be killed at Kent State, and the Harvard campus would go out on strike for the second spring in a row. But all that was still ahead, and at this point…
Read More

Who Doesn’t Want a Wife? by
25
(34 Stories)

Prompted By Women's Lib

/ Stories

In the fall of 1974 I arrived as an incoming freshwoman at Mills College in Oakland, California. We were each assigned a “zipper,” an upperclasswoman who helped orient us to the college, the Bay Area, and the particularities of language in the heyday of feminism. My college essay included something about how comfortable I expected…
Read More

Volunteering by
100
(125 Stories)

Prompted By Retirement

/ Stories

I had already told the “powers-that-be” that I was pregnant, would work several more months, but not return after I had my baby, when the rumors of lay-offs began swirling in October, 1988. I sauntered into Barry’s office. I had worked for him some years earlier at a great sales job (he had fought to…
Read More

Reefer Madness: An Early Encounter with Anti-Weed Hysteria by
10
(10 Stories)

Prompted By Marijuana

/ Stories

My marijuana story starts with a woman named Martha Lupton Schneidewind. She was my high school journalism teacher in West Covina, Calif. – a tall, birdlike woman who wore wool suits and ladylike scarves and had a quick, scampering walk. She was kind, loquacious and, to my insensitive teenage self, amusingly absurd with her chirping…
Read More

The Culotte Rebellion by
100
(104 Stories)

Prompted By What We Wore

/ Stories

What happened when a new principal tried to impose a dress code in a high school where the students were not inclined to follow anyone else's rules.
Read More

Estee Lauder by
10
(21 Stories)

/ Stories

Grammy Brown taught me how to file my fingernails with an emery board. She made peach pie. She always smelled just a tiny bit sweet, just a tiny bit cinnamony, just a tiny bit powdery. If soft had a smell, it was Estee Lauder.
Read More

After 20 Minutes of Solo Estatic Dancing on My Living Room Floor by
10
(13 Stories)

Prompted By Gifts

/ Stories

  I have been given such gifts words choke in my throat as I reach, I stretch, bend and shake toward expressing the utter astonishment the deep wonder the overpowering gratitude at this moment I am  awake
Read More
<< Older stories