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Seventy-seven years ago, on May 5, 1945, during the closing days of World War II in Europe, America experienced its only casualties from enemy action against the American mainland. This bonus episode is a reprise of its first appearance Memorial Day Weekend, 2020 during the 75th anniversary of the ending of World War II. It appears in “From Time to…
 
Patricia E. Watts lives in Mountville, South Carolina where the love of local and family history has given her a passion to write stories to pass down to her children. She has found through stories of tragedies, tears, and triumphs and even mysteries that she has a rich heritage worth telling. Four stories have appeared in previous PSPP anthologies…
 
Carlton Clayton lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he is a volunteer with the North Carolina Writer’s Network Prison Outreach Program and a member of the Charlotte Writer’s Club. Though he is working on a full-length memoir, he enjoys most the short form. Carlton also has work in Pembroke Magazine, Iron Horse Literary Review, and the New Yor…
 
Bill Donohue is a disability advocate living in Winston Salem. Most of his writing (ncwaiveractionteam.com) informs and prods legislative inertia for the 15,000 with Developmental Disabilities waiting a decade or more for services while potential caregivers struggle for a living wage. Bill’s first novel is a family’s saga with early onset dementia,…
 
—the family gift exchange A memento of special occasions becomes the gift nobody wants but everyone expects. Writing has been Marie Mitchell’s lifelong passion—from scribbling snippets of dialogue on board game score cards, to penning a Doctor Doolittle play in sixth grade, to collaboratively authoring short stories, books, and plays with her husba…
 
– the cool metal, the warmth of love By grace and by providence, improbable connections help heal. Lynette Mitchell lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She was a reporter for both the Charlotte Observer and the Raleigh News & Observer and has freelanced for national publications. Lynette and her husband own a small childcare center where she is f…
 
Lubrina Burton resides in Lexington, Kentucky and hails from rural Knox County. She credits her second-grade teacher and cousin, Ms. Thelma Buell, for first encouraging and nurturing her love of writing. Lubrina is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. Currently she is enrolled in the Carnegie Center’s Author Aca…
 
Arlene Mandell is an artist living in Linville, North Carolina; enjoy her colorful portraits at Carlton Gallery in Banner Elk. A native New Yorker, she taught in Manhattan’s Head Start program, then joined a travel magazine in Miami, Florida, where she met Captain Dan. Their relocation to the Blue Ridge Mountains inspired a love of writing. Her mem…
 
– if I’d only known While we are rocking along, some treasured reminders can slip away. Becky Scarlett, a member of Burlington Writers Club, is a retired counselor who has always loved a good story with interesting characters. In addition to writing nonfiction and short stories, she explores the fictional world of young people and has recently rele…
 
Originally from California, Camille M. Abbott has called Lewisville, North Carolina, home since 1988. For decades she has created children’s stories sharing the exploits of “Herr Kater, The Cat of Nine Lives,” along with scripts for The Felt and Soul Puppeteers at Old Salem's Children's Museum in Winston-Salem. Currently she is writing the script f…
 
M. J. Norwood lives in East Bend, North Carolina, but spends much of her time with her husband restoring a 1966 Alberg 35 sailboat in New Bern. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and author of The Sandbar and The Shoals, the first two books in The Sandbar Series. Currently writing her third book, she continues to be inspired by…
 
– What now? Heartaches move to a quieter part of the mind ever so slowly. Lorraine Martin Bennett is a print, web, and broadcast journalist who grew up in Murphy, North Carolina. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, she began her career on the Atlanta Journal, writing features and covering news. She became the first woman to head a domestic burea…
 
Annie McLeod Jenkins lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a member of Winston-Salem Writers. She loves to tell stories, but she acknowledges that a firm deadline helps her get those stories from her head onto paper. Her essays have appeared in earlier editions of the Personal Story Publishing Project. In her spare time, Annie enjoys compl…
 
—O Willie, my darling Love and rhyme / out of time Janice Luckey, who lives in Davidson, North Carolina, is a member of the Write On! writing group sponsored by her local library as well as the online writing group Impromptu. Writing became a rhythm of her life when she scribbled a romance novel in a 3-ring binder in junior high school. This sparke…
 
– I saw my mistake. A daughter understands how to find her mother, again. Nikki Campo is a mother to three young children in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has decided that parenting is the simultaneous profound sadness and profound relief over the passage of time. When she’s not writing or staring at her children, she’s scarfing dark, salty chocol…
 
John Eller, a native of North Carolina, currently resides in Huntersville with his family. His career has been in social work, human services, and public administration. John prefers to think of himself as a storyteller more than a writer. Over the next few years, he wants to publish his memoir. Jane Satchell McAllister's writings draw inspiration …
 
A longtime resident of Charlotte, North Carolina, Doug Morrison has been a freelance business and features writer for The Charlotte Business Journal, The State, Builder Architect, and Charlotte magazine, among others. He was the profiles writer for Charlotte: Nothing Could Be Finer, a hardcover coffee-table book (Towery Publishing, Memphis, Tenness…
 
Jill Amber Chafin is a freelance writer, aerial dance teacher, and mother to two small children in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She co-hosts a nation-wide writers’ critique group where she teaches workshops on the craft of writing. She is currently querying agents for her domestic suspense novel. Next up is a young adult novel, her memoir, and a ch…
 
Lubrina Burton lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband and pug dog. She earned both her Psychology degree and post-baccalaureate certificate in Paralegal Science from Eastern Kentucky University. She is an alumnus of the Carnegie Center in Lexington, where she discovered a network of friends and fellow writers. Her work is featured in The Per…
 
Mary Alice Dixon lives in Charlotte, NC, where she is a hospice volunteer, former professor, and happy member of Charlotte Writers Club and Charlotte Lit. She is a Pushcart nominee, Pinesong Poetry Award winner, and finalist for the Broad River Review Rash Award in Poetry. Her work appears in the PSPP anthologies Trouble and That Southern Thing and…
 
Season 5 of “6-minute Stories” begins with the Introduction to “Curious Stuff—mementos, treasures, white elephants, and junk,” Volume 6 from the Personal Story Publishing Project Randell Jones, editor of the Personal Story Publishing Project anthologies, shares insight on the theme “Curious Stuff” and previews some of the stories you will hear this…
 
Arlene Mandell is an artist living in Linville, North Carolina. Her colorful portraits are displayed year-round at the Carlton Gallery in Banner Elk (www.carltongallery.com/arlenemandell). A native New Yorker, she loved teaching in Manhattan’s Head Start program. Switching gears, she joined a travel magazine in Miami, Florida, where she met Captain…
 
– revenge of the 6-year-old A wronged child welcomes home the prodigal parents with a flood of retribution. As an author, Tonya is moved by the effect humor and narratives have on readers. She is enthusiastic about crafting stories with beguiling characters, adding dashes of humor, and engaging dialogue that leaves her fingerprint on each page. She…
 
Janice Luckey, who lives in Davidson, North Carolina, is a member of the Write On! writing group sponsored by her local library as well as the online writing group Impromptu. Writing became a rhythm of her life when she scribbled a romance novel in a 3-ring binder in junior high school. This sparked a life-long love of all things writerly—writing, …
 
– horseplay A troublesome horse has lessons to learn—and lessons to teach. Janet K. Baxter lives in Kings Mountain, North Carolina and is a member of the Charlotte Writer’s Club and Scribblers, a memoir critique group. Her stories “Horse Whispering for the Average Woman” appeared in Exploring (2019), “Southern Blues” appeared in That Southern Thing…
 
Randell Jones is an award-winning writer about the pioneer and Revolutionary War eras and North Carolina history. For 13 years, he served as an invited member of the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau of the North Carolina Humanities Council. In 2013, the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution conferred upon him its national History Awar…
 
– some lessons flow throughout life Mishaps, mistakes, foolishness, and frolic around water can teach us what is important and enduring. Landis Wade is a recovering trial lawyer, award-winning author, and host of Charlotte Readers Podcast (charlottereaderspodcast.com), where authors give voice to their written words. His third book—The Christmas Re…
 
Patricia E. Watts lives in Mountville, South Carolina where the love of local and family history has given her a passion to write stories to pass down to her children. She has found through stories of tragedies, tears, and triumphs and even mysteries that she has a rich heritage worth telling. Her story “A Real Small Town” appeared in 2020 PSPP’s T…
 
J. Leonard Greer has lived almost 80 years in the North Carolina mountains. His ancestors were among the earliest settlers of Ashe-Watauga counties area. He never expected to write as he usually worked with his hands, but COVID-19 changed that. He had the time and felt that the family's youngsters needed to learn some family history as he had heard…
 
R.V. is an advocate, educator, motivational speaker, consultant and author of two books. He is on a lifelong quest for ways to overcome misperceptions about "diversely abled" individuals. To let everyone know, we CAN do anything. With his wife, Marlene, they both give a greater insight into autism when speaking publicly and advocating. They would l…
 
Patricia Baker lives in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, where she is a member of the Mountain Writers Coalition. She is a lifetime writer, but after teaching, consulting, and managing online communities, she now writes fulltime. The tribulations of Trish’s Burke County family during the American Revolution are reflected in her Freedom Tavern series.…
 
Maria Cloninger lives in Shelby, North Carolina, and enjoys participating in local writers’ groups and workshops and attending book signings to meet and talk with the authors. After years of crafting legal briefs for federal court as a disability specialist, Maria decided to pursue writing for pleasure. She enjoys the challenge of writing short ess…
 
Mary Clements Fisher enjoyed her careers as an educator and businesswoman and still celebrates her mother/grandmother status. She lives with her sweetheart of over fifty years in Northern California and takes psychology and writing courses at Stanford University. A member of Taste Life Twice Writers, she writes about women’s and children’s trials a…
 
Jane Satchell McAllister's writings draw inspiration from the wide variety of people and places she encounters, from her home base in Davie County, North Carolina to rich adventures across our country and abroad. She has co-authored two Images of America books through Arcadia Publishing prior to serving as the director of the county's public librar…
 
Sharon Stegall has recently relocated from Connecticut to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Without sacrificing fun and adventure, Sharon is trying to lead a less perilous life in her middle years. Her blog, Sharon Space, focuses on a humorous look at breeding and showing Maine Coon cats and living with other creatures, human and non-human. Sharon is …
 
Tanya Elizabeth Egeness Epp Schmid of the Taste Life Twice Writers was a Doctor of Oriental Medicine until 2014 when she started a permaculture farm. Her work has appeared in Valparaiso Fiction Review, Sky Island Journal, Canary Literary Magazine, Whistling Shade, Flash Fiction Magazine, and others. Tanya was long-listed in Pulp Literature’s 2021 F…
 
Lois Elizabeth Hicks lives in rural Randolph County. Lois—a wife, mother, and grandmother—worked as a high school teacher and school media coordinator for many years while providing hands-on full care for an adult son paralyzed with quadriplegia after a spinal cord injury. During those years she joined a 5-member Winston-Salem writing group and beg…
 
Howard Pearre received an “early out” from the Army in 1969. He returned to UNC Charlotte for a degree in history and later attended Appalachian State University for a degree in rehabilitation psychology. He is retired after a career with NC Vocational Rehabilitation as a counselor and manager and with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs as a couns…
 
Paula Teem Levi is a retired Registered Nurse living in Clover, South Carolina. She is a member of several genealogical societies. Her stories, “Broken Branch,” “You Got You Another One,” and “Bury Me with My People,” appeared in 2019, 2020, and 2021 spring anthologies of the Personal Story Publishing Project. Her goal is to preserve as many family…
 
Beth Bixby Davis was born in Northern New York and moved to the Asheville area of North Carolina in the mid-1960s where she reared her family, raised Arabian horses and had a 30-year career in nursing. Enjoying a long-time hobby of writing, she recently published a book of short stories, essays, and poetry, called Patchwork Collection. Her creative…
 
– the occasion called for a suit When voting is that important to you, nothing will stop you. Julie Davis lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her husband, two dogs, and two cats. Writing has always been one of her hobbies. With the exception of a piece published in Boys’ Life magazine, this is her first published work. She continues to write a…
 
—getting the big picture A journalist visiting a soviet country gets on the wrong side of the law from behind her camera. After 24 years as News Director of public radio station WEKU in Richmond, Kentucky, Marie Mitchell switched to teaching at Eastern Kentucky University. She’s written a column for The Richmond Register since 2007, collaborates on…
 
After teaching for 34 years, Phyliss Grady Adcock, retired in Morehead City, North Carolina. Her writing has appeared in Mailbox Magazine, Teacher’s Helper, That Southern Thing and Luck and Opportunity. Her grant writing netted over $5,000 for classroom projects. For one grant proposal, she was recognized as the first Raychem Educator of the Year. …
 
Joseph Brown is a native of North Carolina, born in Yadkin County and reared in Davie County. He now resides in the Bethania area of Forsyth County and has lived all his life within 40 miles of his birthplace. In February 2020 he retired from 50 years in the construction industry. Most of his previous writing has been daily journals on his mission …
 
- discovered treasure A serendipitous find at a used book sale offered North Carolina writer Randell Jones the chance to imagine for the holidays how some family's lost treasure came to be. Randell Jones is an award-winning history writer about the pioneer and Revolutionary War eras. Since 2007, he has served as an invited member of the Road Schola…
 
Sarah H. Clarke lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has privately written non-fiction since her teens. She recently joined the Charlotte Writers Club and looks forward to forging new relationships with fellow writers. Married with two children and five stepchildren, she and her husband live in an 18th century home that they all restored togethe…
 
– lessons in caring and caregiving Across generations, learning to care and to give care both nurture and sustain. Bill Donohue is a disability advocate living in Winston Salem. Most of his writing (ncwaiveractionteam.com) informs and prods legislative inertia for the 15,000 with Developmental Disabilities waiting a decade or more for services whil…
 
Barbara Houston lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. A member of an informal writing group, the Scribblers, she is currently writing her memoirs. After college, Barbara taught English for four years. Later, she served as Director of Human Resources at Discovery Place Museum in Charlotte for over ten years. Now retired, Barbara enjoys her writing pro…
 
– swells of anxiety and appreciation on the tides of time A childhood escape from danger resonates with lessons born of the rhythms of life and the ocean. Elaine Thomas lives in Wilmington, NC, and is a member of the Wilmington Write to Publish group. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines, including The Dead Mule School …
 
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