I Used to Play Chess by Kathy Eggers

(originally written November 6, 2017) Perhaps I was thirteen when a next-door neighbor taught me to play chess.  Rick was bespeckled and skinny, gangly, and perpetually in the shadow of his younger sister, Linda.  She went to Punahou, the famed Honolulu private school...

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Brahmins by Jane Coon

They stood together in front of the empty house on Capitol Hill, waiting for a taxi. A man and woman both in their early 60s. One brown; one black. Or more accurately, each a medium tan. On both heads black hair was flecked with grey; her’s curly, his straight. They...

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A First Marriage by Bill Dietel

It was a gorgeous sunny day in Mid-July, a perfect day for a wedding on Upper Saranac Lake.  The bride wore a tucked up sheer window curtain and carried a flower basket filled with wild blueberries.  The groom was dressed in a flowered jerkin and orange pants, an...

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Journey to a New Life By Emery Lazar

My parents, brother and I fled Hungary from the advancing Soviet Army in the spring of 1945.  My brother was 15 years old at that time, and I was eight.  We lived as refugees in a Bavarian village called Gergweis, under very poor conditions.  But high school education...

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What’s In a Name? by Sue Davis Gabbay

Petersburg, Virginia, was a small town in 1910, and its generations had been many.  Brothers and cousins,  fathers and uncles of the same name, but different occupations, were common. This meant that people often had to be identified by trade as well as by name.  One...

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The Three Musketeers by Bill Dietel

The Three Musketeers (with apologies to Alexander Dumas) Bill Dietel          This is a story I have told a hundred times, or so it seems in retrospect, to our five children and each time they insist I write it up for their children and grandchildren.  So here it is,...

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At The Waldorf Astoria by Emery Lazar

At the Waldorf Astoria  by Emery Lazar A tea dance at the Waldorf Astoria, sponsored by the Hungarian American Alumni Association.  I have never heard of this organization!  But since this Saturday's performance at the Metropolitan Opera is completely sold out, maybe...

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My Brother Dan by Kathy Eggers

My Brother Dan By Kathy Eggers What can I tell you about my brother, Danny?  Plenty.  I can tell you his exact age, height and weight, his medications and when he takes them, his maladies, now many teeth he has, his dietary preferences, his bowel habits.  I can tell...

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