"This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." --Neil Armstrong
"What's a hipster?" asked my four year old cousin. "Someone who will wear something just to look different," I said. "They'll often buy clothes in thrift shops and wear thick glasses." "Is Grandma a hipster?" he asked. -- Eyesha Sadiq
At the supermarket checkout the cashier was having trouble finding the price for my cucumber. "Maybe the list is alphabetical," I offered. So he started searching from the bottom of the list: "Q...Q...Q..." - Charity McTarsney
Peri cocked her head and put her hands on her hips. “Who said I wanted to? I’ll just hang out here for the report.”
As he began to walk away, she stopped him. “Maybe you could find one or two small things in there that weren’t burnt.”
“I was just thinking, if we could give Benny something that was saved from the fire, it might mean the difference between a meltdown and a straightjacket.”
“Most people’s summer houses are on the lake,” I corrected, gathering steam from my anger. “You know, on the lake there’s a ton of skiing and night life and stuff. Usually the only people who come out here are, like, old people.” I hated myself as I groped for approval from these kids, but I also couldn’t stop. “I tried to convince my parents to get a house on the lake instead, but, you know parents. Really boring. Wanted to come out here.”
I rushed to my underwear drawer and jerked it open. "I made copies of the code. And that's not all. She sent me a message too. They're here... " My voice faded. My careful notes and Kara's poem were gone. Plus five hundred dollars. Frantically I tossed underwear and socks on top of the dresser. The drawer was empty.
Today each of the 25 voices will say a little phrase to recap the quarter of the 100 Days - 100 Voices. Appearing in order are 1) narrator 2) small child 3) cookie monster 4) snobbish lady 5) sad lady 6) surfer dude 7) evil sorcerer 8) snooty gentleman 9) Dobby 10) Mrs. Akebia from The Lake Quilt Mystery 11) Benny from Hit or Missus 12) Mrs. O'Leary from Learning to Swim 13) Dean Martin from The Hot Mess 14) male voice 15) British accent 16) Mrs. O'Brien from Learning to Swim 17) Dracula 18) Grandpa 19) redneck woman 20) redneck man 21) cowboy 22) southern lady 23) southern gentleman 24) Blanche from Hit or Missus and last but not least 25) cowgirl..... Whew!
“Dani’s been friends with those girls for a long time.”
Blanche nodded. “Amazingly, since grade school.”
“Beebs, what would you do to help a friend?”
“You know what they say. A friend will help you move. A good friend will help you move a body.”
When I was ten, I found a wallet. There wasn't any money in it, but I knew how these things worked. I couldn't wait to return it and get my reward! All day I called the number from the brown leather wallet. Finally my dad relented and drove me to the owner's address. Once there we found a modest military housing unit with a torn screen door. As I rang the bell, my dad took three $20 bills and tucked them inside the wallet. Turns out my reward was getting to see one of life's true heroes in action. -- Ann Douglas Vaughan
I asked my brother-in-law, the father of four boys, "If you had it to do all over again, would you still have kids?" "Yes," he said. "Just not these four."
-- Sheila Lee