Writer Marci Rich is the creator of “The Midlife Second Wife” (TMSW) and a contributing blogger at the Huffington Post, which honored TMSW in 2012 as one of the top seven blogs for readers over the age of 50. Among the print and online publications in which her essays and articles have appeared are the Richmond Times-Dispatch; the Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, Ohio); the Oberlin Alumni Magazine and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music magazine; Katie.com (the website for the Katie Couric show); BlogHer; Midlife Boulevard; and Betterafter50, among others. Her poetry has appeared in such literary journals as FIELD, Timbuktu, Synaesthetic, and the Abiko Quarterly (Japan). Marci is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a creative writing concentration, and where she won the Academy of American Poets student award. She lives in the Cleveland, Ohio, suburb of Rocky River with her husband John, and is at work on a novel.

November 22, 1963

Like most American schoolchildren on November 22, 1963, I was sitting at a desk when the news reached us. It was after lunch, and, if I were to guess, my second-grade class was doing phonics ...
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Latitude Adjustments

Geographically speaking, 10 degrees separate Oberlin, Ohio (82˚) from Richmond (72˚), at least on the longitudinal scale. In 54 years—my entire life—I never lived anywhere other than northeast ...
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