Here in the Middle: Stories of Love, Loss and Connection from the Ones Sandwiched In Between

Here in the Middle: Stories of Love, Loss and Connection from the Ones Sandwiched In Between

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Overview

The middle years of life are ones of tremendous joy and unchartered challenges. Often times, these are the years when we are pulled in multiple directions, with the needs of our career, marriage, children, aging parents, and friendships all taking a toll on our time and energy. But it can also be a time filled with simple pleasures, deeper connections, and settling into our own skin. Here In The Middle is a collection of essays that gives voice to the complexity of the middle place, sandwiched between love and loss, with thirty-two writers sharing their stories, along with a piece of their heart and soul, so that readers can find acceptance, solace, and understanding.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684197804
Publisher: 220 Communications Publishing
Publication date: 11/11/2016
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Christine Organ-co-curator and co-editor of this book-is a freelance writer who lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons. She is a staff writer for Scary Mommy and a regular contributor to Babble. Her work has also been published online with the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Mamalode, Redbook, Country Living, Good Housekeeping, and Brain Child Magazine among others. She has also been published in print magazines, including UU World. She is the author of Open Boxes: The Gifts of Living a Full and Connected Life (a collection of stories that will make you feel really freaking good), and a contributor to I Just Want to Be Perfect (the fourth book in the bestselling "I Just Want to Pee Alone" series). You can often find her eating cookie dough or wasting time on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She writes at www.christineorgan.com.

Julie Jo Severson-co-curator and co-editor of this book-is a former PR girl now freelance writer, journalist, editor, and lost-and-found attendant of two teens and a tween. Still an English major at heart, she finds solace in writing her way through those universal experiences that bind us together. In 2015, she launched her story telling blog, Carvings on a Desk, (www.carvingsonadesk.com ) to reconnect with her own voice swirling around in the middle. Since then, her creative nonfiction has also been featured on Ten to Twenty Parenting, Midlife Boulevard, Mamalode, BonBon Break, and elsewhere. She lives in Minnesota with her husband of twenty-plus years and their three kids.

Table of Contents

Table of contents
An Introduction to the Middle . 1
By Christine Organ
Beyond Describe .. 9
By Julie Jo Severson
Choosing to Say Yes.....................................................................................21
By Carol Heffernan
Dad's Bookcase............................................................................................27
By Patricia Jonik Stein
My Struggle with the Sun..........................................................................33
By Whitney Fleming
Living, Even in the Dying.............................................................................41
By Tina Porter
A Brother Thing...........................................................................................49
By Melissa Janisin
The Music Stand...........................................................................................55
By Lisa Pawlak
A Prayer for Serenity..63
By Jeanine DeHoney
We Cook..71
By Carol A. Cassara
Grandparent Privilege..77
By Jackie Pick
Pedicure with Dad..91
By Ashley Collins
I Can't Go Back, but I Can Always Remember.. 99
By Rudri Bhatt Patel
To Call You Mama.. 105
By Chelsea Schott
The Blue Room.. 121
By Jill Wilbur Smith
You Spin Me Right Round Baby, Right Round.. 131
By Alisa Schindler
Tomorrow Never Comes.. 139
By Georgia A. Hubley
Ten Years................................................................................................... 145
By Christine Carter
Moving Nana In.......................................................................................... 153
By Ambrosia Brody
At the Bridge of Gods............................................................................... 161
By R. Todd Fredrickson
Catching Up................................................................................................ 177
By Amy Halzel Willis
Time Turns Back on Itself....................................................................... 185
By Laura Grace Weldon
The Weight of Fridays.............................................................................. 191
By Kelly Garriott Waite
Shapes in the Clouds................................................................................ 199
By Pamela Valentine
Air Supply.. 207
By Kristie Betts Letter
Sounds of Love and Life.. 213
By Kim Love Stump
Stars I Will Find.. 225
By Julia Tagliere
The Things You Do for Love .. 235
By Katherine Mikkelson
Getting to Know Dad.. 243
By Diana Walters
Fragile.. 249
By Caroline M. Grant
They Grow Old So Fast.. 257
By Jennie Robertson
The Space Between.. 263
By Linda A. Janssen
Acknowledgments.. 269

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