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Author Archive | Erika Stevenson

Valentine tradition

Cafe Ezra: A Family Valentine’s Day Tradition

Our family runs a restaurant. Mind you, we are only open one night per year, and can only accommodate one table per night. We’re highly exclusive.  We admit guests on an invitation-only basis, and we haven’t quite nailed down a cohesive vision for our cuisine.  We might offer Chinese takeout from another food establishment, or […]

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sex talk

The Sex Talk

Do you remember the first time you heard about sex? I was a wide-eyed eight-year-old, playing at the home of my closest-playmate, “Beth”. At one point her older sister, “Sarah” joined us. Eager to prove her superior knowledge to us underlings, Sarah began dishing about a soap opera episode she had come across once.  She […]

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new mom

To the New Moms in My Life

  The first heavy snowfall of 2019 started on a Friday evening and accumulated throughout the night and well into Saturday morning. Knowing many folks would be staying cozy at home, my husband, kids and I decided to host an impromptu pancake breakfast for our neighbors. To our delight, the majority accepted our invitation. By […]

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jomo over fomo

The Joy of Missing Out

It was a quiet afternoon in late August 2015. In my desire to stay connected with my community back home in Des Moines, I scrolled through my Instagram and Facebook feeds like my life depended on it. Almost as soon as I started scrolling, however, I put my phone on the bedside table and pushed […]

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