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  • Love by Dorien Grey 10/23/2012 6:32:19 AM
    Love is one of the most basic, powerful, and admirable traits of our species…though we cannot claim exclusivity on it, as anyone who has ever had a dog or a cat can attest. Like so many things in life, love has an infinite number of shadings and vari... more

  • Castles in the Sky: October 22, 2012 by Michelle Close Mills 10/21/2012 6:39:05 PM
    Rosalie... more

  • The Fleet by Lucille lucil95783@aol.com 10/18/2012 8:32:05 AM
    After a few months, when the locals began finding their feet, and my sister Maria got a job as a teletype operator with the American Army, stories about the interaction of locals -- bar girls -- specifically, with the Navy began circulating. Shanghai... more

  • Castles in the Sky: October 17, 2012 by Michelle Close Mills 10/17/2012 7:17:29 AM
    The Debate Today’s musings aren’t going to be about who did what to whom at the second Presidential debate between Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama on October 16, 2012. Most people today have a pretty low op... more

  • GI kindnesses by Lucille lucil95783@aol.com 10/13/2012 8:14:30 AM
    I suppose I did look starved, though that look was mainly because I was outgrowing my dress. I could have polished my scuffed shoes more, and I guess I was winter pale. At any rate, American servicemen stopped their Jeeps to give me candy. Two GIs as... more

  • The GIs and Navy blow in by Lucille lucil95783@aol.com 10/8/2012 8:34:34 AM
    Shanghai got through to mid-1945 and then the town took on a new personality. The war was over, the Japanese occupational army had gone. Gone where? I asked my parents. Well, they shipped out or something, my father said. Or else, they are in concent... more

  • Forced into retirement, looking for work by Steve Joos 10/3/2012 1:38:02 PM
    Just a quick rant about how my life's been going lately.... more

  • Ice cream drama by Lucille lucil95783@aol.com 10/3/2012 7:28:47 AM
    And so, while I tried to fling off the boiling stuff from both hands, and my father rushed into the kitchen, and the cook had been doing nothing but watch but then suddenly attacked my father, I ran to the bathroom and thrust my hands under running w... more

  • Russ by Dorien Grey 10/1/2012 5:04:12 AM
    Friends are the candles that light our way through life.... more

  • boiling ice cream by Lucille lucil95783@aol.com 9/28/2012 8:17:55 AM
    Amongst the items my father concocted to sell during those thin times during the Japanese army occupation of Shanghai, he made, at home, ice cream to supply the Imperial Cafe that he opened in one year. He set a huge, tall, metal cauldron on top of ... more

  • Is the new TV show, REVOLUTION, fantasy? by David A. Schwinghammer 9/26/2012 8:50:42 AM
    The new TV show produced by the creator of "Lost" is similar to our present political circumstances. ... more

  • My Daddy's Moonshine by Lucille lucil95783@aol.com 9/23/2012 8:28:24 AM
    My 3000-word memoir, "Drink Recipes to Shine the Moon," is out at about six markets, but rather than wait for an acceptance of my multiple submission, I will discuss parts of it now. At age 12 I began helping my father manufacture his ersatz whiskies... more

  • Addressing the City Council by Lucille lucil95783@aol.com 9/18/2012 9:11:38 AM
    This morning I opened the San Francisco Chronicle and was startled to see the face of my friend and former neighbor, who now at 95 lives in a retirement facility. The story was carefully fair in describing her 25-year dispute with another neighbor o... more

  • Mitt Who? by Dana Reed 9/13/2012 9:31:50 AM
    His name is actually Willard Romney, Why doesn't he use Will instead of Mitt?... more

  • Pearl Harbor Day in Shanghai by Lucille lucil95783@aol.com 9/13/2012 7:48:37 AM
    It was December 8 in Shanghai, across the International Dateline. My father's freighter, anchored on Whampo River, was blasted along with other shipping. A chunk of shrapnel even flew through their bedroom window in the Hongkew District, passed t... more

  • Fanatical Moslems Aren't That Different From Our Fanatics by David A. Schwinghammer 9/12/2012 9:09:18 AM
    Radical Moslems are American fundamentalists' first cousins. ... more

  • Torquemada'll Get You... by Dorien Grey 9/10/2012 5:51:20 AM
    Writers as alternate-universe gods... more

  • Slow and Steady Wins the Race by Sherri Smith 9/9/2012 10:08:06 AM
    A summary of my writing career. Life gets in the way of writing...but life and people are more important!... more

  • Monkey jinks by Lucille lucil95783@aol.com 9/8/2012 8:32:06 AM
    We had a giant persimmon tree in that garden in Hongkew, our district in Shanghai. Hongkew means "Rainbow" in Chinese, and it was an enclave very much apart from the International Concession across the Soochow River. Shanghai's zoo was there, and a h... more

  • Cliffhangers . . . by Donelle M. Knudsen 9/8/2012 7:59:24 AM
    Cliffhangers - Look to Charles Dickens' serial novels, the Harry Potter series, comics, radio, and of course T.V. - keep audiences yearning for more . . . ... more

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