Naomi Myrvaagnes, fiction writer and poet, is a resident scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. She is the mother of a young adult. “Effects” is one of twelve stories in a collection about Daphne Erbst and her family, One Eighty Laurel. Another story from the collection was published in the Harvard Review and awarded special mention by the Pushcart Prize 2001. Visit Naomi Myrvaagnes at http://www.Brandeis.edu/centers/wsrc/scholars/Scholars/N_Myrvaagnes.html.