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Resurrection

Left to right: Leonard and Evelyn Pasternack; Bubbles and Gerald Rotstein My mother and her two best friends, Evelyn and Bubbles, were inseparable. They knew each other as young wives in Chicago, having been introduced by their husbands who went … Continue reading

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My Addiction

My Addiction I’m addicted to ancestry.com. It started innocently with a free two-week membership and an occasional quick search every couple of days. But then an hour or two of researching turned into five, six, or seven. It became a … Continue reading

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HOMAGE TO MY FATHER

HOMAGE TO MY FATHER The last time I wished my father dead, I meant it. I was on a plane home to Phoenix after visiting him in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, where he was in his final stage of life. As … Continue reading

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Sliver of Sky

Sliver of Sky by Terry Ratner, RN, MFA Send comments to info@terryratner.com I knew ahead of time the exact route I’d take that evening. I needed no GPS or verbal directions to the restaurant where a group of writers were … Continue reading

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Driving Ms. Gracie

  On the Tuesday before New Year’s Eve, we packed up the car with two duffel bags, one cosmetic case, a hanging bag, cooler for snacks, and one Bedlington terrier named Gracie. But before you feel sorry for her, picture … Continue reading

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Turning Sixty

Over the past few years, I’ve begun to feel age. I feel it when I turn my left arm sideways to grab something or when I extend it over my over my head (torn rotator cuff), but I decided to … Continue reading

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TEN THINGS \ Part Three

TEN THINGS PART-THREE TEN As a young man, he called to tell you he was sick with the flu. You were concerned and asked him if he had any food in the house.  “No, I haven’t been eating much,” he … Continue reading

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TEN THINGS \ Part two

Ten Things by Terry Ratner, RN, MFA   Part 2   Five When he ate malted-milk balls, he sucked the chocolate off first. Thinking you weren’t watching, he’d roll the candies from one side of his mouth to the other, … Continue reading

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TEN THINGS \ Part One

TEN THINGS By Terry Ratner, RN, MFA These are ten things only you know now. ONE He joked that he would die young. You imagined ninety to one hundred. But “young” ended up meaning twenty-five. In the memory book the … Continue reading

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Let the Sighs Begin

Let the Sighs Begin   You might feel a gradual welling up of pleasure, or boredom, or misery. Whatever the emotion, it’s more abundant than you ever dreamed. You can no more contain it than your hands can cup a … Continue reading

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