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How does a writer who is also a stay-at-home mom strike a balance between caring for her children, keeping her home somewhat orderly and clean, and writing? This great tour de force can be pulled off by using everyday housework and children as a springboard for writing.

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Pure Torture

Connie Compton

I've only been married to my high school sweetheart, Jack, for ten months and he's trying to kill me. I know this for sure. He just doesn't accept the fact that at 51, having given birth to and chased after seven kids, I deserve every ounce of this fat I'm carrying around. I didn't ask for this midlife metabolic change, but it's here and I intend to go along with it.

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Pagans believe in a three-fold goddess and god. I concern myself with just the Goddess but remember that they complement each other. We approach an image of a triple goddess: the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone. As a maiden, a new fire burned in my heart -- the feisty child growing into a feistier teen and dreaming a passion that came with first love. Sparks kindled then produced the ever-living fire that I am today.

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Ravine

Sylvia McDonald

Hardly your average college student, I am a 33-year-old, single mom who earns her living sitting behind a desk all day. Unwilling to accept that this is where I will spend the remainder of my life and itchy for a more stimulating and meaningful livelihood, I cram my already overfilled schedule with often tedious hours reading and studying in preparation for my next college exam. As far as physical challenge goes, I'm prone to climb nothing more daunting than an aerobics step twice a week. For these reasons and others this was not my idea of a relaxing Saturday afternoon.

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House of History

Sonia Pressman Fuentes

As a member of the Board of the National Woman's Party (NWP), I am frequently at its headquarters, the Sewall-Belmont House. It is always an awesome experience to be among the treasures of the House, such as the desks of Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul, NWP's founder; the early American chair used by Elizabeth Cady Stanton; and the portraits, busts, and statues of pioneer feminists.

My husband and I live in Madrid, Spain, he works at the American Embassy, and at the time I was employed at the Embassy as editor of its weekly newsletter. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. It would have been enough to meet the brave men and woman of the Discovery mission, the one John Glenn flew with. I knew I had to take advantage of the opportunity and ask as many questions as possible. This proved to be quite a challenge.

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