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Stories from the Rose Cottage
By Mary Duggan

A witty and wise woman shares her thoughts on our sometimes worrisome world. Click here to browse the lifescribe archives..

Swinging Doors
By Mary Duggan

I grew up in a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago called Beverly Hills. Everyone calls it Beverly, to not confuse it with the sunshine, movie stars, and glamour of Beverly Hills, California. There are two country clubs in Beverly. One built for Protestants called Beverly Country Club. And one built for Catholics called Ridge Country Club. I have ten siblings and lots of us worked at the Club. I'm sure you can imagine which one. I joined the team at Ridge as a waitress. I started the day after my senior prom in June of 1971. Click here to enjoy the complete story.

Mother’s Day 2008:
Media and Miracles descend on the Rose Cottage

By Mary Duggan

Young Ponce thrust the NBC Channel 5 News microphone into my face. Okay, not exactly. Holding the microphone respectfully in front of me, young Ponce asked me to describe the morning’s storm. College educated, a writer for god’s sake, an articulate and erudite soul who loves to craft words, all I could think about was the likelihood of food in my teeth, the need to powder my nose and how lots of people would be seeing this when I hadn’t even showered. Click here to read the complete story.