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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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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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“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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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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