Tag Archives: women

June 23

“Got Love Handles?” by Donna Collins Tinsley

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being a Woman,”under the chapter heading “Worth Our Weight in Gold.” As a young girl, I remember hearing about “love handles” and wondering what the heck they were. Skinny as I was, there was no way to pinch an inch of flesh on me. Later […]

May 12

“Double Crossed by a Dummy” by Risa Nye

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Working for a Living.”  The notice in the paper said, “Recruiting for the Albany/El Cerrito Fire Department.” There followed information about a series of qualifying physical tests to be given at a nearby school. The tests were, among other things, the dummy lift, the ladder […]

May 01

“How to Buy a Plastic Penis” by Pamela Frost

This story appears in the adult bedtime book “Not Your Mother’s Book…On SEX.”  There are times in a woman’s life when a plastic penis is far more satisfying than the flesh-and-blood role model. Post-divorce is one of those times. After a while, I found my hands were not getting me to where I needed to […]

January 09

“Die-Hard Eager Beaver” by Mary A. Berger

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being a Woman.”  Years ago, when the highlight of my day was vacuuming flower designs in the carpet, I knew it was time for a change. As a newly-retired woman, I thought there should be more to life. “I’ve always wanted to make clay pots,” […]

December 09

“The Must-Have” by Wendy Nelson

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being a Woman.”  I was 14 when they literally walked into my life. Living in a small Canadian town, our only option for shopping was the Sears catalog. At the time, my main mission was to get to that catalog before my two older sisters, […]

November 11

“Battle-Dressed Breasts” by Laurel McHargue

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being a Woman.”  Although Army Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) designers knew what they were doing when they were tasked to create the perfect camouflage for soldiers, they probably could not have anticipated an unlikely scenario that unfolded at a rest area on the other side […]

October 15

“The Ice Bra Cometh” by Monica Giglio

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being a Woman.” “Only you, Monica. This stuff only happens to you.” In the past decade as a single mother of three, I’d heard that declaration more times than I could count. I don’t ask for drama to come into my life, but it somehow […]