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January Gordon Ornellas is a comedy writer who writes about everything from colonoscopies to triathlons (equally painful). Her triathlon story, "Rookie's Triathlon Lessons," appeared in the Los Angeles Times (June 22, 2019). Two of her other stories, "Gobble, Gobble" and "Almost Taken," will be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter is the Best Medicine (April 2020).

She also enjoys writing for her blog (midlifebloomer.com), spending time with her family, traveling and running.

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My grandma keeps it 100

The nursing home's oppressive fake heat makes me feel more candle than human, trapped in a torture chamber of shrinking pink doilies and wilting flower baskets. "It's so cold, honey," my 97-year-old Grandma Ann says, pulling her fluffy robe tight as the skin melts off our faces. "You lived in Miami for so long that you must like the heat, huh?" my husband asks. Grandma Ann shakes her head. "Oh, honey, summer there was like livin' in someone's mouth. Plus, my first husband lived there. It ...
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My grandma keeps it 100

The nursing home's oppressive fake heat makes me feel more candle than human, trapped in a torture chamber of shrinking pink doilies and wilting flower baskets. "It's so cold, honey," my 97-year-old Grandma Ann says, pulling her fluffy robe tight as the skin melts off our faces. "You lived in Miami for so long that you must like the heat, huh?" my husband asks. Grandma Ann shakes her head. "Oh, honey, summer there was like livin' in someone's mouth. Plus, my first husband lived there. It ...
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