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WIFE FOR SALE OR RENT—$10.50


Just as marriage customs change through the years, so too do customs of getting rid of an unwanted wife. A La Mesa, California man advertised his ex-wife at a garage sale, though there was no information as to whether the sale was consummated. Wife-sale dates back to 1073, and in England for nearly a thousand […]

HOPE OF SURVIVAL


“I remained in Buchenwald until April 11. I shall not describe my life during that period. It no longer mattered. Since my father’s death, nothing mattered to me anymore. I was transferred to the children’s block, where there were six hundred of us. The Front was coming closer. I spent my days in total idleness. […]

PERSPECTIVE


Sweet, sorrowful moon You have no reason to weep. And yet in your pale grief You are the most becoming. Your moonbeams fall delicately onto the foreheads, Lips and cheeks of evening wanderers, So lightly that they do not feel their touch But merely their presence. They invade the breasts of young lovers huddled In […]

A WOMAN I NEVER MET


“Believe in laughter”, she always said. Another of her favorite sayings was ” Life is too short”. Hers wasn’t, she passed on at age 94. Like a lot of people, I read the obituary column, if only to make sure my name is not on it. Occasionally, more now than before, I read the name […]

AUDREY THE IMPECCABLE


One by one, the whole family disappeared leaving me alone with my pineapple and the remote control. My youngest daughter asked “Who comes to Maui to watch TV?” Not too surprising from Dr. Advice, but I expected better from her. We may not have had any popcorn, which you are supposed to have in order […]

HOW OLD IS OLD?


“NAVAJO GRANDMOTHER” original watercolor painting by kayti sweetland rasmussen I was raised to believe that asking another person’s age was as bad as asking how much money they had in the bank. Kids did it. Polite grownups did not. It was one’s personal business, not to be shared. I don’t know what they believed anyone […]

A DANISH ORIGINAL


His earliest writings were based on stories he heard as a child, but he soon began constructing new and original stories, some of which reflected his humble background and ungainly looks. “The Ugly Duckling”, while universal in theme, is believed by some scholars to be an expression of his struggle with his homosexuality in an […]