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Writing Prompt: Never My-zulled

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In this month's essay, Liane Kupferberg Carter recounts the malapropism that became a family legend. She writes, ". . . I gave birth to My-zulled. 'Don't be my-zulled!' everyone in my family cautioned each other for years. Whenever we wanted to deflate each other, we would trot out that phrase. Over time, family jokes grow as individual and unique as fingerprints, and our family was rife with them."

Are there foibles from your past that have become family legends? Have they sprouted exaggerated details like leafy tree branches, or do they remain anchored in family lore as a parable for future generations?


Merle Huerta, an army chaplain’s wife, is the mother of a blended family of thirteen children. During her husband’s combat deployments, she co-authored articles appearing in the Jerusalem Post and National Review. She has a Master�s from Columbia University in Instructional Media and Technology and a Certificate in Nonfiction from The Writers Institute at CUNY. She lives at the U.S. Military Academy in New York. “Tuesday Mornings” is her first solo publication.


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