Gina Attends a Wedding

Gina stared at herself in the mirror. How miserable she looked. She was tempted not to go to her cousin, Natalie's wedding. The last thing she wanted was to see her father. Ever since he found out about her trying to keep Matt and Cam apart, he had made her life miserable by threatening to …

It’s All Rosie

You may call Rosalind Palmer Walker the first Rosie for inspiring the creation of "Rosie the Riveter", icon for female defense workers during World War II.  Denied a college education, teenage Walker worked as a riveter building F-4U Corsair fighter planes. 41 Words This was written for the Weekend Writing Prompt by Sammi Cox. For …

Adimu’s Story

My name is Adimu and I live with my grandmother in a local village in Arusha, Tanzania. Two years ago when I was 16, a neighbor raped me. I was on my way home from school. He grabbed me as I was coming across the bridge, dragged me into the bushes and raped me. I …

Carmela’s Story

Carmela sat in the empty church which was so quiet you could hear a pin drop.  She was on her way home from the salon where she worked when she decided to stop in and pray for her brother, Guido who died five years ago from a heart attack.  She hoped and prayed that he …

Two Reasons to Celebrate

Young and sassy are the words my husband use to describe me.  We are opposites.  He’s an introvert and I’m an extrovert.  He’s in his mid-fifties with grey sideburns but he still has the body and libido of a much younger man.  I'm in my late twenties and I'm trying to keep up with him. …

Teenage Dating Violence

My husband and I are watching Greenleaf, the Oprah Winfrey series on Netflix.  I think that if you were to look up the word, dysfunctional in the dictionary, you would see a photo of the Greenleaf family.  They give new meaning to the word.  There are so many issues and skeletons in that family that …

The Forced Sale

"You sold your land to Marjorie Reynolds?  Why would you do something so stupid?" "I was planning to sell it anyway," he lied.  "I don't want to be tied down anymore." "You could have sold it to anyone but her." "She offered me cash." "What's she got over you, Wade?" Wade turned away to hide …

Misinformed/Summit #writephoto

  Emily's face turned ashen.  "That cannot be true," she exclaimed.  "You must be mistaken, Charlotte." Charlotte's expression was one of great concern when she saw her cousin's reaction to the news.  She took her hand and led her over to the sofa. After, she gently pushed her onto the seat, she sat beside her.  …

It’s a Virtue

Patience is a virtue that many of us would like to master but more times than not, it is impossible to do so.  Just this morning, I lost mine when my son wanted me to get up and go and get some bread for him.  I had told him that he could have some after …

Falling in Love

Gloria was walking down the sidewalk after visiting her grandmother in the nursing home when she ran into David Mansfield.  He was heading into a café when he spotted her.  Smiling, he walked over to her.  “Hello, Gloria,” he said. She smiled at him.  “Professor Mansfield.” “Please call me David.  It makes me feel less …

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