One night after my mom was first diagnosed, I was reading an on-line cancer bulletin board when I ran across a husband’s description of his wife’s brain cancer as “the disease that takes away everything before it takes everything away.” I have no idea if this was his own profundity…

Starck Axiom Hotel 13

“I knew you’d be here.” Tristan, another member of the crew assigned to open the latest space hotel, never stopped enticing Lee to enjoy the amenities…

I recently entered a contest for 250-word stories. This one won an honorable mention. The requirements were that it had to be an adventure story that included the action of pulling a trigger and the word “nobody.” I hope you enjoy the story!

Photo credit: Elizabeth McDaniel

The briquettes flamed to life at the…

A Letter I Wrote More than 30 Years Ago Haunts Me Now

It was about 1986, I think. I was an undergraduate at Albright College in Reading, PA. It’s a United Methodist school, and I was in the pre-theological program — I planned to be a minister.

I believe my…

Recently, the senate finance committee passed the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic Care Act of 2017 (CHRONIC) unanimously. This act opens the doors for Medicare Advantage subscribers to manage their chronic conditions through telemedicine visits and expands telemedicine availability for stroke patients. Only a few days…

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In The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron says about writing her prescribed morning pages, “We are tempted, always, to reverse cause and effect. ‘I was too crabby to write them,’ instead of, ‘I didn’t write them so I am crabby.’” When I’m stuck in my own writing, I often think about…

I live near a rural county fairground and, one day, we were stuck in traffic for a particularly popular event. I had been thinking about the creative process during my drive, but I never thought witnessing problems with traffic management would be so demonstrative.

Much of the opposing traffic had…

It’s been a year. Well, two if you count the bet as the start of it all. You said you would win because I was weak. You bet I couldn’t make you stop. For a year, you gloated. I pat your gravestone. You shouldn’t have beaten me — or bet me.

Jennifer DellaZanna

Medical writer by day and historical fiction writer by night. I love to write about everything!

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