NPR 3-Minute Fiction Story Contest: Charidy’s Case – Explained by Susanna Hartigan

The latest 3-minute fiction story contest by NPR had to have two elements: someone had to tell a joke and someone had to cry. It was a challenge to write it all in 600 words or less. The crying part was easy. It was the filling in the joke at an appropriate time that was … Continue reading NPR 3-Minute Fiction Story Contest: Charidy’s Case – Explained by Susanna Hartigan

Entering Contests is Like Ordering Pizza

I’ve been entering contests throughout my life. I’ve entered many different types of contests and won cash prizes, trips, and “woohoo” recognition. The earliest I won was a Halloween costume contest. I was five years old, dressed as a clown - competing mostly among adults - in a burger joint. I won twenty silver dollars … Continue reading Entering Contests is Like Ordering Pizza

25 Years Ago – A Child’s Point of View on Space Shuttle Challenger

Told from a child's point of view, this is what happened 25 years ago on the day the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up: It is a chilly, but sunny afternoon. After gym class I head to history. I hear an annoying boy named John yelling in the courtyard. “The space shuttle blew up!” He points … Continue reading 25 Years Ago – A Child’s Point of View on Space Shuttle Challenger

Few Hours + No Cost = Impact Youngsters Lives with Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program

Marianna Davis was a Big Sister when she was in college. Although she is no longer in the program, she still volunteers her time with children and says her time as a Big Sister was enjoyable. “I don’t need to get a pat on the back for spending my time with the kids,” says Davis. … Continue reading Few Hours + No Cost = Impact Youngsters Lives with Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program

Thanks, But No Thanks – You’re Texting My Life Away

Texting doesn’t work for all of us. Include me in that statement. I think that this texting thing has become completely out of control. Everywhere I go are people texting – blocking the grocery store aisle, driving and weaving down the highway – you name it. If you’re going to text, fine, but please realize … Continue reading Thanks, But No Thanks – You’re Texting My Life Away