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Living Out Loud: : Pain Pals

Some days are better than others

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Damn it -- the noise. It was 6 a.m. and, with my eyes still shut tight, I reached over to hit the snooze. As I did so, I felt soreness in my hip and knee. I felt soreness in my hands. It hurt to l  

Living Out Loud: : There Goes Another Butt Noodle

Bad words

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2005
I woke up this morning and sat in bed for a few minutes thinking about the dream I had last night. In my dream, it was 2 a.m. and I heard knocking on the back door. I dreamt that I walked into the  

Living Out Loud: : The Electric Fence

Facing some difficult questions

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2005
To be honest, I didn't think George Bush would win. Even on Election Day I remember being excited and optimistic in my belief that John Kerry and John Edwards were on their way to the White House.   

Living Out Loud: : John's Back

Coming home from Vietnam

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 19, 2005
I was born in the summer of 1967. A few years after my birth, my Uncle John was drafted into the Army and served during the war in Vietnam. I know he was stationed there, because I remember my gran  

Living Out Loud: : Shoes on the Dashboard

Subhead: Showing care and concern for others

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 22, 2004
It was almost 6 o'clock, and Paula was still at work finishing her tasks before she could leave for the day. She was tired, and when she was finally able to log off her computer, she was grateful t  

Living Out Loud: : Nancy's Big Fat Belly

Lessons in faith

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 17, 2004
My sister is having a baby. Nancy's my only sister and this is her first baby. I also know I probably won't be having any more children, so this baby is kind of special to me. I'll be able to hold   

Living Out Loud: : THE RIVER

Separation and loss

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2004
I can remember with detail the spring of 1997. The previous winter had been cold, and at the time it seemed as though it was going to be long. I dreaded what could be six more weeks of the dreary g  

Stand By Your (Real) Man

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 29, 2004
My children have reached an age when I feel it's time for them to pay more attention to local and national news and politics. This goes beyond simply providing them with regular editions of CityBeat  

Living Out Loud: : Chain Letters, Miracles & Trendy Shoes

The elevator story

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Dragging the bags under my eyes into work, I sat down at my computer and stared. I sighed. I then rose from my desk and poured the first of a dozen cups of bad coffee. It was Monday morning, and I   

Living Out Loud: : Soufflés and Tiffany Bags vs. Sausage Gravy and Bologna

More food for thought on the Maisonette

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 11, 2004
If you read last week's "Living Out Loud" by Larry Gross, you heard all about his and Sara's dining experience at the Maisonette. I read the article with interest, because as stated in the story, t