Archives for December 2010

The Nun and the Stripper

by Peter McCarthy One of the challenges of being a sweet and innocent young lad recently escaped from the iron grip of the Sisters of Occasional Mercy, is that your fellow male Aussies feel it is their duty to thrust you into a world full of adventure. It all sounds like fun, but when you start […]

A Poem by Daniel Coshnear

  By Daniel Coshnear     Breathtakingly So often precedes beautiful Maybe it’s the alliteration we like Or the rollercoaster of four syllables Before three Do the Buddhists say Breathtakingly Beautiful? Sure, I remember crushes The surprise of her face by my locker Leaning in, smiling, seeing through me My ears beating blood Face burning […]

Decisions, Decisions

by Andrew Skaggs The last time I checked, a decision was a simple act of making up your mind about something. However, famous athletes like LeBron James have given the word a whole new meaning. Along with that, of course, came the glaring spotlight of the media to create an attention-hungry, egocentric event of epic […]

Sea Dreams

by Sharon Walling Lila, at nine was the younger of two sisters.  She laughed easily and had a heart bigger than her years. She played piano and sang and did both very well, thank you very much.  She was a good student, because school was not only a favorite pastime, it was an escape.But when […]

Into Africa: A Journal of a New Life in Uganda

by Sharon Walling Tiny lights from small houses diamond-stud the darkness. I would like to gather all them all and cast them into the sky by my house in Masindi. But perhaps the lack of lighted hills will enhance the million-star sky I hope to see. Are there stars in Masindi? There must be. I […]

The River and The People

By Waights Taylor Meandering out of the north, the Russian River is enveloped in winter’s grip: steely dark waters, gray skies, bare trees, and muddy banks filled with detritus and flotsam from floods gone by. The river wends around Fitch Mountain ever seeking a path beneath the dark skies to its destiny with the sea, […]

Immigrant Girl

by Ann Carranza She was 14, this bright girl with no promise in her future Eyes dark and hair, too

Harlots Sauce December Book Reviews

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Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir by Jessica O’Dwyer Seal Press (November 2010) ISBN: 978-1-58005-334-1 Trade Paperback 312 pages $16.95 reviewed by Jo O’Neil In the past fifteen years Americans have adopted more than 200, 000 children from overseas. Anyone who’s thinking of adopting a child from a foreign country must ─ not should ─put Jessica O‘Dwyer’s […]

Advice from an "Expert in Failed Relationships"

by Patricia V. Davis Please ─ Not in Public! Dear EFR: I consider myself a reasonably friendly guy, but I do value my privacy and my time alone. More and more, I find that I have to justify that and apologize for it to my family and friends. They want to know why my cell […]

Podcast Interview with Memoirists, Cathy Edgett and Jessica O’Dwyer: A Catastrophe…or a Calling?

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by Patricia V. Davis So…things are going along fairly well, until your gynecologist tells you that, at age 32, you’re in early menopause.  That’s what happened to Jessica O’Dwyer. Things were going along fairly well in Cathy Edgett’s life, too, until, at age 55, she was told that she had breast cancer and that it […]