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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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Finalist: Megan O’Keeffe

When my sister left for college, I gave her a little box with a tiny picture of us when we were small and willing to hold each other tightly.  I enclosed a Dr. Seuss poem, “Oh!  The Places You’ll Go!” I was trying to say, “I love you.”  I was trying to say, “I’ll meet you somewhere down the road.” […]

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