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The Words You Can’t Forget

The word that killed me was oxygen.

I was in fourth grade, competing in our grade-wide spelling bee. I was confident I’d do well because I was a good girl who got good grades, except in handwriting. So I stood and waited for my word. The teacher got to me. “Gretchen, your word is […]

Give the Gift of Frozen Sausage

The mall in my childhood hometown is charmingly pathetic, but it’s all we had. With one story and no fountains, it wasn’t the shining public palace like most American malls in the 1980s. We didn’t know better, though. Denver and Salt Lake, with exotic things like escalators and The Gap were 5-hour drives away. We […]