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Sarah Fister Gale

Sarah Fister Gale
Chicago, Illinois, USA
August 07
Sarah Fister Gale is a freelance journalist, novelist and wine-drinker based in Chicago. She is agented by the fabulous Jacquie Flynn of Joelle Delbourgo Associates who is currently seeking a good home for her novel, Losing Jenni, a story of a little girl who drowns in the Chicago River, and the amazing choice her mother makes to cope with her loss. Follow her on Twitter @SarahGale.

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MAY 14, 2012 9:44AM

I'm incorporating my ovaries as cities in Arizona

As many of you may have read recently (while gasping in shock), Arizona’s woman-hating Republican governor, Jan Brewer, signed into law a new “20 week ban” on abortions.

Why should you be shocked you ask, when so many other states have similar laws? Because, this law is the only on… Read full post »

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MARCH 14, 2012 5:24PM

Planned Parenthood Changed My Life

When I was a child, if I needed a doctor I always went to the same guy. Dr. Horton was my pediatrician from the day I was born. He was an old man, tall and stern, and bald as an egg. He wore a white lab coat and steel rimmed glasses… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 19, 2012 6:22PM

Why Rick Santorum would have killed my daughter

Next month, my daughter Ella will turn 11-years-old. She’s a beautiful girl, with blond hair and green eyes. She’s an amazing artist, a brilliant writer, and she can do the splits without even warming up.

And if I hadn’t had an amniocentesis, she would have died the day she was… Read full post »

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AUGUST 23, 2011 3:25PM

I quit crying, when my dead friend asked me nicely to stop

When I was 22-years-old, my friend Caroline was killed. It was five o’clock in the afternoon on a sunny street in San Diego. She was driving home from work and a drunk tow-truck driver blew a red light and slammed into the driver’s side door of her car. She died instantly.… Read full post »

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JULY 2, 2011 1:29PM

How a calendar error changed my life

 In the Spring of 1994, I made a careless mistake that I thought would devastate my life plan. Instead it brought me the exact thing I’d been trying and failing to get my hands on for years.

Since I was a child, I wanted to be a writer. As a little girl… Read full post »


In 2004, PBS Kids launched Postcards from Buster, a show about an animated rabbit who visits real-life families across America. It was an innocuous little show, but my kids were six and four at the time, and we spent many hours during the long cold Minnesota winters watching anything PBS… Read full post »

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MAY 11, 2011 12:54PM

My Disastrous Career as a Joe Walsh Dancer

I am not a good dancer.

This is not my “mortifying disclosure” however it would have been a helpful revelation to make to Joe Walsh’s  back up dancers when they asked me if I wanted to come on stage during the show. But they were cute, and I was young… Read full post »

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APRIL 4, 2011 6:16PM

I got bullied into fighting breast cancer


Let me begin by admitting right up front that I did not sign up for the Avon Two Day Walk for Breast Cancer because I am driven to change the world, or to avenge the death of a loved one. While I am aware of the devastation that breast… Read full post »

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JANUARY 27, 2011 11:58AM

Skins is appalling-- but not because of the sex and drugs

Despite every voice in my head begging me not to, I watched the first episode of Skins at MTV’s website yesterday. And I admit it, I was appalled, but not because it was rife with 16-year-olds having sex and taking drugs.

'Skins' dropped from 3 

I question any person with access to cable… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 8, 2010 2:37PM

I’m With the Band

I was 26-years-old and it was the first time I had ever traveled for business. A mere two months into my first real job as a trade magazine writer, I was flying to Dallas to cover an annual conference of mechanical engineers. I had a shiny new American Express corporate card… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 22, 2008 12:46PM

The Thanksgiving Guinea Hen

"There are a flock of turkeys in your backyard."

This was the first observation I made to my fiancée on the morning after arriving at his family home in Arkansas for Thanksgiving. We'd been together for four months and it was the first time I would meet his parents.

"Those aren't turkeys,Read full post »