The store manager led their young protege through her first foray at ringing up items, 12 or less, please.

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The sign said 12 items or less, and the line seemed a logical place to queue for quick passage. Ah, how naive we were.

You fell in behind me, holding only graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars. Our time in proximity should have been short, simple even. …


True Love Forever, Interrupted

Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy in “The Hardy Boys”

Dear Mr. Cassidy,

It has recently come to my attention that I neglected to end our relationship that I alone started, and that I alone declared exclusive, in 1977. Upon review of my journals, dating back to your time on the Hardy Boys, I noted that I pledged my true…


Family

I really don’t want to know

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There is a chance that I may forget who I am someday. I should be concerned, due to my family being so heavy on the dementia. But when I start to assess my likelihood, I stop. I really don’t want to know. I can’t allow myself to process it emotionally…


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“Your skin is made of paper and your bones are made of glass,” — my friend Bridget, after taking me to the ER again.

Some of my earliest memories center on my tendency to drop things, break things, and trip. It took me years to understand my spatial relationship with…


Cardiac Athletes

With the support of strangers who became friends

Luc Potvin (left) and Shawn Conway meeting in Boston, 2018

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories highlighting just a few members of the global network, Cardiac Athletes. (© Cardiac Athletes 2020 |All Right Reserved) Three runners/cyclists are included in this article. Their stories contain some descriptions of their cardiac event. …


Welcome to luxury living!

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As you settle into your spacious 650 square foot home here at Millennial Modern Manor at the Station, you will notice that our designers chose only the best in contemporary decor, like cabinets painted in trendy gray so you wouldn’t discover that they are actually made of thick cardboard, as…


It took doctors’ denials, and decades of dieting to finally stop dieting

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In time travel movies, there are always scenes in which the time traveler walks around mouth agape, marveling at the changes in technology, fashion, and social attitudes when they leap into the future.

I have felt similarly these last few years as the fat acceptance movement has challenged society’s entrenched…


Curiosity, reverence and tranquility, usually

I wasn’t fitting under there (author photo)

I was just sort of locked in, in a 200+ year old cemetery.

I wasn’t too concerned, because I spend a lot of time wandering cemeteries. Also, it was daylight.

I’m out, obviously, and just fine, but I was briefly thinking I would have to Winnie the Pooh my fatass…


AKA googling the new kids (not the ones on the block)

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Today was the day. When all the pictures from the Met Gala and the MTV VMAs were splashed across all the medias, I realized I had lost touch with pop culture.

I am past the age that advertisers target, and I don’t know the words to any new songs. But…


Dementia has no fashion sense

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I lost it the second I spotted her, perched on the edge of her bed.

I was laughing so hard I could barely talk. My hysterics prompted her to mimic me.

When I finally composed myself, she stopped laughing too. …

Stacey Curran

Teacher, runner, former journalist; few N.E. Press Assoc. Awards, few Boston Globe essays, few Medium sites, few anthologies, few poems, so many grocery lists.

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