Ohhh Laurie Ann!

By Lori Simpson So my great Aunt Jane passed away on Wednesday. She was 98 years old. She was the last of my grandpas family still with us. She would always be so happy and excited when my grandpa would take us kids by the house. I will always remember her opening the front door wearing her cardigan sweater draped over her shoulders (even in July) and that big smile on her face. Her sweet voice “Ohhhh Laurie Ann” as she’d hug me, only to be followed by Nannie wiping her hands on her apron and then the painful pinch … continue reading…

The Banana in My Lunchbox

By Jeremy Fleming     Have you ever thought much of the banana? I hadn’t either until yesterday. For the past two days my lunch box had smelled of the banana I had accidentally left in there over the weekend. Now it was Wednesday and even though I had rinsed out the box, the sweetness of this tropical fruit could be smelled at the very lift of the lid. It may seem odd, but the experience of “lifting the lid” had altered the routine of my nightly commute home. Amazingly the savor of this simple fruit had given me great insight … continue reading…