ANN'S TWO CENTS

Wisdom & stories wrung from an imperfect life
Ashes

Ashes

Mom shuffled along the pier stretching into the St. Lucie River beside her lifelong friend Reene Zeigler. I trailed behind, bright sun, a stiff November breeze, and memories of this sandy town where I’d lived during eighth, ninth, and tenth grades distracting me from...

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Boat Daze

Boat Daze

I stare out the window of my Phoenix home office at gardenias like the ones that grew in our Miami yard where Dad built the Annie Lee. And I wonder if his naming the boat after me had been a grand gesture of his love for me. The Annie Lee was a dream Dad wrangled to...

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Goodbye and Other Endings

Goodbye and Other Endings

Dad had every intention of making it to 300 like the maharishi he’d read about in a magazine. He’d outlive me if it could be done by the sheer force of his will. At 82 Dad was Mr. Carrot Juice, poster boy of healthy living. Dad hopped a plane to Guatemala—a penny...

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Good News, Bad News, Weird

Good News, Bad News, Weird

May 8, 2003, Gilbert AZ—I idled down Loma Vista in our minivan—unlike my usual Mrs.-Miller-gets-airborne-over-speed-bumps reputation from the neighbor kids. One block till home. Twelve-year-old Annie sat shotgun. The back end of the van was stuffed with our sleeping...

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Surviving My Survivalist

Surviving My Survivalist

Mom and Ralph, my stepfather of over 20 years, bustled into my Indianapolis house after a two-day car trip from Florida. “Where’s your father?” Mom strode through the kitchen. I pointed her toward the bedroom where Dad had camped out since his hernia surgery. Mom...

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Food Wars

Food Wars

The food wars started innocently enough. Dad tagged along with Jim and I and our three-month-old firstborn for a cookout at Robin and Lanie Roberts’ farm house near Loudonville, Ohio. I glanced across the newly mown backyard at Dad. His hair still dark blond at...

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About Ann

About Ann

Ann Lee Miller holds a BA and MFA in creative writing. She teaches writing in Phoenix, but left her heart in Florida.Over 100,000 copies of her five novels have been downloaded from Amazon. She is hard at work on a memoir about growing up on a sailboat. When she’s not embroiled in a crisis–real or imagined–you’ll find her hiking in the Arizona mountains with her husband or meddling in her kids’ lives.

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