Category: Non-Fiction

JUST TO KNOW YOU’RE ALIVE BY DIANE VOGEL FERRI

Twenty-five years ago, your life was the opposite of mine and that is why I followed you like a fatuous child, hallucinated you, abused my heart with you—my personal phantasm. You were the one true obsession—the gorgeous pernicious observer of a young woman’s life devolving into anarchy.

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SQUARE DANCING: WINTER, 1958 BY JEFF WATERS

I couldn’t believe the news our PE teacher, Mr. Stewart, had just told us. For the next two weeks, we would spend our PE classes learning to square dance. Square dancing in PE!! What happened to kickball or dodgeball? Mr. Stewart couldn’t look Dude, Jim, and me in the eye when he delivered the bad news.

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LOST AND FOUND BY LAURA J. PETERSON

One Sunday afternoon I drove into the Japanese countryside trying to locate Mikawachi Junior High School from a hand-drawn map with English landmarks. I crossed and re-crossed the same set of train tracks several times before I threw up my hands and declared myself lost.

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RACIAL REVELATION BY CAROL SEVERINO

When I got off the train at Valpo, I was surprised to see that my weekend hostess was an actual hippie. We hung out with her friends, sitting cross-legged on the floor of her tiny living room, smoking and drinking, talking about the war and civil rights, and listening to Jefferson Airplane.

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SPARKS BY HANNAH RAU

Mom goes to bed, and Dad stays up for a while. They tell me to go to bed. I know it shouldn’t be my job to protect us. But if the house catches on fire while I’m asleep, then it’s my fault. I should keep watching.

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