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Cheating Death

Life or death decisions—only half a dozen words.


Cheating Death: This issue's winners


Thousands of you shared a half-dozen words about a near-death experience. Here are a few of our favorites.

House on fire, pool below, jumped.
Helen Greggans, 80, San Bruno, California
Retired legal secretary

Teenager. Lake. Water moccasin. Swam faster.
Margie Horton, 67, Cedar Hill, Texas
Retired buyer for municipal government

Lightning. Heart attacks. Stroke. What's next?
Dennis Boyle, 65, Edgewater, Florida
Vehicle inspector

Coin swallowed. Mom frozen. Grandma whacks.
Linda Chock, 58, Honolulu, Hawaii
Public health manager

Kidney from son. A life returned.
John Greller, 64, Orange City, Iowa
Retired college administrator

Heart hurts! Hunky paramedics help. Hurray!
Susan Amerikaner, 61, Camarillo, California
Freelance writer

Born with cancer. Dancing at 62.
Robin Right, Harvard, Massachusetts
Country music entertainer

Next issue's Six-Word Memoir theme: What a Child Taught Me.

Larry Smith, who selected these memoirs, is the founder and editor-in-chief of SMITH Magazine and creator of the Six-Word Memoir project. He is also the coeditor, with Rachel Fershleiser, of a new book, It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure.

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