Politics and Religion: What Happened in Conversation with “Cookie”
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Politics and Religion: What Happened in Conversation with “Cookie”

The first time I met “Cookie” at our coffee shop, he asked me if I was a famous violinist, which made me erupt with laughter—I am not musically talented! Over time, I had many other “chance” encounters with Cookie. Our talks were always brief and light.

Then one day in the coffee shop, Cookie sat down right at my table, which wasn’t typical. He started ranting about politics and religious people. Read more...

Why I Joined a Roller Derby Team
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Why I Joined a Roller Derby Team

Several months after my husband of 29 years suddenly passed away, I moved from the Chicago area back down to southern Illinois. We had lived in this town eight years prior, and both of my kids still lived there. Since we had been very active in the local community and church, I expected to have a good support group there. However, after several months of no one checking up on me, no one inviting me anywhere, and no one to do things with, I realized I had been wrong. Read more...

Asking Questions Is Just For Kids?
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Asking Questions Is Just For Kids?

Kay recalls a time when she was much, much younger: It was late and dark. But my dad kept driving toward our hotel. So while my sisters slept on either side of me in the back seat, and while my mom fought to stay awake up front to keep dad alert, four year-old me stood, my feet straddling the backseat middle floor bump and my hands gripping the front bench seat, talking and talking and talking. Read more...