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Finalist: Julie DeMarco

I can say with certainty that it started the day I packed up my jean jumper and got a haircut. I was never going to have a long braid and look adorable in that jumper. Damn Hope from Thirtysomething. I blame her. The next step was admitting, to myself, that it was pretty ridiculous to return a perfectly adorable play […]

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Demystifying Dad

For years I struggled with how to befriend my father as if he were just a peer, just a normal person. But there is something silent and mysterious and austere about fathers, even the ones (like mine) who are funny, happy, mostly forthcoming guys. In 2004 I had been living in a different city from my parents for seven years […]

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Heartbreak Serenade

I come from a family of four children: a constellation of daughters born first, three years separating each one from the next, enough years to harden us into being inventions of our owns. And then this boy, gentler than any of us. My brother John was twelve when he had his first heartbreak. I was twenty; I had already had […]

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Great Guest-spectations

Long before I decided to have children, Hope Davis gave me advice in case I ever did: “Leave the dishes in the sink, and get on the floor and play with them!” I took her advice as gospel … until I had a child. These days I am not always as present as I wish to be. Often, both as […]

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The Power of Silence in Friendships

My friend Jean likes to tell a story about her grandfather in North Carolina. He spent his days of retirement on the porch with his next-door neighbor, staring out at the Blue Ridge Mountains and sitting together in perfect silence. Here is the punch line: in the evenings when Jean went to call him in for dinner, he would nod […]

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Good “Adwice”

My mother pronounces advice “adwice.” I don’t know why or when the V turned into a W. Maybe the change softened it, made it less directive, more of a gentle suggestion. But either way it is guidance, a prod toward a certain way of doing things. One of her favorite pieces of advice is that “It is better to be […]

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The Pied Piper

The Pied Piper’s music was so persuasive that it caused a whole village of children to follow the piper out of town and into a cave; thus Hamelin, Germany lost its children. So the story goes. Last week I wrote about my friend Susie who shared with me the wisdom about friends being “for season, reason, or life.” She also […]

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“Frenvy”

After writing about finding her false teeth in the popcorn, I am thinking about my dear friend Hope. There was a moment, early in our friendship, when I realized that we envied each other. We had been talking over spicy black tea about the many things that life contains: travel and how it changes you; loves that don’t work out, […]

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Friends for Season, Reason, or Life

I wrote the mid-September blog about my friendship with Hope Davis while I was in California, visiting in-laws. Before making the visit I told them that I’d be a happier family member if I could have two hours every morning to myself. So I left my sleeping daughter in the hands of her new grandparents, and each morning I slipped […]

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Congratulations to Our Winner!

Happy October everyone! We are pleased to announce that, with your help, Elisabeth Sharp McKetta has been chosen as the winner of our very first Simply Stated Blogger Contest. Her story of her unexpected friendship with Hope Davis, whom she met in a memoir writing class, made us laugh, and won your votes. We also want to give a special thank […]

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