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And . . . Voilá! Wade Rouse Explains His Pen Name of Viola Shipman

When Wade begins writing fiction under a female pen name, he’s forced to consider what womanhood means to him. “What’s he doing up there? Where’s Viola? That’s a man!”...

Diary: Love, Wade

Wade remembers crafting a valentine mailbox in school that attracted the attentions of a fellow student who liked him — and a bully who did not. In my grade school, it was...

Puppy Love Brings Wade an Unexpected Yuletide Gift

Wade is convinced Gary has gone too far with an unexpected holiday gift for his parents, but their reaction turns out to be the real surprise. “No!” I said to Gary and the dog...

This Is How My “Auntie Mame” Changed My Life

Wade’s visits from his eccentric Great Aunt Blanche gave him some of the happiest moments of his childhood — and the promise of a beautiful future. Here’s Blanche! Great...

DIARY: The Palm Springs Surprise

Wade and Gary try to remain sane as their attempts to transform their new home are met with infestations and other frustrations....

DIARY: Red Carpet Blues

Wade finds that covering the red carpet isn’t quite the glamorous gig he’d envisioned — then, along comes a legend with some very good advice....

DIARY: Anything You Dream

Wade had learned to associate Halloween with disappointment; little did he know, the glittering costumes he dreamed of were just a few decades away. Growing up in rural America, I...

How To Get An In-Water Massage In Iceland + Not End Up With Frozen Hair

There are plenty of reasons why a person might experience anxiety before a massage. Some people are insecure about their bodies. Others have concerns about being touched by a...