Samson and Delilah, Rapunzel, The Gift of the Magi….hair plays a role in so many stories.

I am delighted that the staff at bioStories and editor Mark Leichliter have once again chosen one of my pieces of creative non-fiction for publication. Yes, it’s about hair…sort of.

You can read it here:

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Gabriella Brand

Gabriella Brand is a writer, adventurer, and educational consultant. She can't stop teaching and learning foreign languages. She would like to walk on all the continents (three more to go!). Her husband is extremely patient and her children are, fortunately, all grown up.

9 thoughts on “SNIP”

  1.  Such a good story…lovely, touching, funny, and a reminder about the influence a teacher can have. Thanks for sharing, Gabriella. Best,Louise 


  2. I had a pair of braids that looked just like the ones in the picture. Don’t know what ever became of them. Thanks for sending this.


  3. Ohh, I loved your story! It had me holding my breath! All the tender feelings of a first love housed in a silver box. As you undoubtedly know, Mr. Anders was right to return the braids to you, even if your grandkids could care less!


  4. Hello, I especially loved the ending and how once again you used your teaching skills to educate the new faculty each year. Your story so clearly made your 4th grade self come alive, and reminds me of the creativity and tenderness of children. Happy Thanksgiving and wishing you a wonderful stay on St. John’s. Knowing you will be a great resource to the church folks and hoping you will find some meaningful time for you too. Bisous, Beth



  5. Gabriella, stories of pure love are always touchant, but they are not always as brilliant as this one is. Scissors and little girls’ hair often result in mischief, but nail scissors! Plus I learned what tar heels are, and rosin heels, and cypress knees–holy cow. Including the photo of those beautiful braids is a nice touch. I want to hug that sweet little girl, and that lovely Mr. Anders. I am glad the mother did not get upset, plus I bet she looked adorable with her new haircut. (It surprised me to see the hair in the author-photo as not-black.) I want to buy a copy of your book when it comes out.


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