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The Best Inheritance Ever

One morning at dawn, my mother went to get a loan to help me stay in school. The deadline for complying with the new PTA levy was fast approaching. Mom was restless. Back in 1983, the  PTA levy was about  500 Francs CFA, (about $1USD)   She returned empty-handed from the village loan shark. Mr. Barnes turned down my Mom‘s request for a small cash loan.  Beyond that, he questioned her motives for the loan.   Not only did he question Mom’s intent, but he also made...

Gearhart ‘s Queen of Snail Mail is Peerless

Gearhart ‘s Queen of Snail Mail is Peerless She is not only a mail whisperer, but she is also a therapist, humorist, and a battle-weary queen who has found new meaning in her job as an essential worker in pandemic times. Gearhart ‘s Queen of snail mail is no ordinary postal employee. In many ways, she is the pulse of Gearhart, a coastal city sandwiched between Seaside and Warrenton, Oregon. Karynn Kozij is arguably one of the most famous and adored...