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Don’t Forget to Enter our Life Lessons Essay Contest

While you’re making up your mind which of the entries in our Simply Stated Blogger Contest is your favorite, don’t forget you have until next Thursday, September 15th to enter our Fourth Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest. This year’s question is: When did your first understand the meaning of love? Visit the contest page here to get all the details […]

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Vote for Your Favorite in Our First Ever Simply Stated Blogger Contest

Thank you to everyone who entered our first-ever Simply Stated Blogger Contest. We loved reading all your posts about the person you are most surprised to be friends with. From the more than 1,000 entries we received, we narrowed the pool to nine finalists. Now, we want to give you a chance to help choose the reader who will be […]

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Finalist: Stacey Shannon

“Hend?  Who in the world is Hend?” Opening Facebook to find the red “Messages” balloon always gives me a little thrill.   But, this Hend (who is he anyway?)  was new to me.  Trepidation mixed with irritation as I considered opening it.  With one eye open, one closed, bracing myself for the inevitable spam about “male enhancement “or painkillers, I clicked on it. Stacey, Thank […]

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Finalist: Shelly Miller

A Dusty Road to Friendship Squeezed together on the bench seat of an old van, Speciose and I couldn’t help knocking into each other as we bounced over potholes, swerved around pedestrians crowding the red clay roads of Kigali, Rwanda.   She speaks Kinyarwanda to someone on her cell phone, clothed in vibrant African dress, hair braided like a piece […]

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Finalist: Patti Murray DiBona

Belly Button Rings and Hugh Grant When Olivia made the Honor Roll, Donna promised they’d pierce their belly buttons.  The report card arrived. The news wasn’t good…C+ in History.  Thumbs flying, Olivia texted Donna.  “She says I worked hard.  We’re still going!”  Always one to pick my battles with this teen daughter, I agreed. Hours later, Donna pulled her pickup […]

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Finalist: Jill VanHimbergen

The summer I went on Prozac, Amy was the only thing that kept me from weeping uncontrollably at what was easily the most depressing job to ever decorate my resume.  We graded proficiency essays at a long, gray table in an office park for nine dollars an hour.  I was home from college that summer to see my long distance […]

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Finalist: Sandi Hutcheson

Perfection is simply a matter of perception.  I have a friend, Ann, whose house consistently looks like downtown Kabul.  Cats vie with Diet Coke cans for countertop space in her kitchen, and visitors are cautioned to watch out for the central vacuum hose strung out across the foyer.  The powder room wallpaper is peeled off in huge chunks from the […]

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Finalist: Nancy Méndez-Booth

If I Had a Hammer I knew by her outfit that we had nothing in common. She was a nun. I’m a reluctant Catholic. There we were in the church hall. I couldn’t remember if ignoring nuns was a sin, so I returned her smile. We introduced ourselves. I wondered if it was a lie to say I was a […]

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Finalist: Kristine McLain

Cooking Up an Unusual Friendship I come by my love of food–cooking and eating it–honestly. When my family dines together, we don’t discuss politics; we talk about what we are going to prepare for the next meal. So, when my niece was getting married, I did what I love to do–prepared an Italian meal for a gathering of friends and […]

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Finalist: Elisabeth Sharp McKetta

Two days before she died at the age of a hundred-and-one, my friend Hope Davis lost her false teeth in a bowl of popcorn next to her hospital bed. I was the one who found them, and we laughed until our bellies hurt. When we met in a memoir writing class, Hope was an outspoken 95-year old ex-communist who had […]

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