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Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir Steps Out of Ziska College Part 6 Diane’s mother was home before supper. She came into the tavern as Baba was serving chicken dumpling soup at the family table. She walked over with heavy steps and sat down. Her...

An Army wife’s perspective on April

An Army wife’s perspective on April

April is the Month of the Military Child According to the Military Child Education Coalition, the official flower of the military child is the dandelion. Why? The plant puts down roots almost anywhere, and it's almost impossible to destroy. It's an unpretentious...

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir Steps Out of Ziska College Part 5 Czech’s are dull witted.” “Slovak’s are untamed mountain goats!” Diane heard the sneers directed at her Czech community from outside the ghetto. But, when high school graduation...

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir Steps Out of Ziska High School Part 4 The afternoon passed quickly. One of the sisters turned the record player down, allowing Glenn Miller to play in the background while the students gathered their belongings....

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Steps Out of Ziska High School Part 3 Diane walked the rest of the way to school. Look-out points rose above the trees as she approached campus. Notre Dame Academy looked like a castle on the corner of Ansel and Superior with its gothic structure and towers. When she...

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir Steps Out of Ziska High School Part 2 Diane ate in silence as she thought about her last year of Our Lady of Lourdes—the Catholic church and K-8 school everyone in her neighborhood attended. But not one of her...

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoirs

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoirs

Excerpt from one of my projects, Easy Street: Based on my mother's memoirs Steps Out of Ziska High School Part 1 “Why are you wearing that lipstick? Diane’s family would ask her. “I thought you weren’t that kind of girl!” The words rang through her mind as she tapped...

Spring on a street corner

Spring on a street corner

Spring on a street corner As a child, I hated spring. I’m sure growing up in Cleveland had a lot to do with my feelings towards this season of transition. I enjoyed the time leading up to spring. Winter in the snowbelt meant months of sledding, skating, and snow...

The importance of travel

The importance of travel

The importance of travel I stepped through tall grasses and cattails as I made my way through the marshland. Hermit crabs poked out of bubbling caverns. The crustaceans scurried over my feet while clasping at the air with their pincers. Harmless and cute, I thought...

How I learned history

How I learned history

How I learned history Positive memories of my childhood and how I grew up as a young Army wife Positive memories of my childhood revolve around culture and history. My parents were educators, so my siblings and I were surrounded by experiences revolving around...

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