Layne’s Decision

"Olivia, I'm looking for a flat in Manchester. Can you help me?" Olivia was a friend and a real estate agent who lived in Yorkshire but worked at an agency with offices all over England. She alternated between their offices there in Yorkshire and Manchester. When Layne emailed her on Wednesday to find out when …

Frances Havergal

I have sung this wonderful hymn so many times but it wasn't until recently that I came across the woman who wrote it. Frances Havegal was an English religious poet and hymnwriter. Her two best known hymns are Take My Life and Let it Be and Thy Life for Me, also known as I Gave My Life for Thee. …

Meeting Michelle

The next morning (Tuesday) he met Michelle. When he saw her his mind immediately went to Betsy Ming, the Cranberry shag carpet and glinting gizmos. She was a girl from school who had invited him over to her parents' house when no one was at home to show him her father's fancy gadgets but they …

Neglected Wife

I'm a twenty-something woman married to Andris, my former Science professor at London University. We became involved while I was in his class. Our relationship was kept under-wraps, of course until after I graduated. A couple of years later, when he became a best-selling Science fiction author, he stopped teaching at the university. I was …

Sophia’s Secret

My name is Sophia.  I have been living with a secret since I was eight.  It's a shameful thing and every-time I think about it, I feel sick and I wish I could curl up and just die.  No one at school knows but I keep wondering if they could tell just by looking at …

Mary Seacole

I just finished reading a very long but interesting biography of Mary Seacole. When I mentioned her to my husband, he immediately knew who I was talking about. He’s from Jamaica where Mary was born. She was born on November 23, 1805 to a Scottish father and Jamaican mother. Her father was a soldier in …

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