There are many stalled projects here at the EWN Blog--that I'm going to try to start reviving as of today--and I believe the oldest of these is The Quarterly project--reading through issue by issue and posting on each story, or each author when it comes to those with multiple poems within an issue. It's been since September since I've posted on this project, and I'm actually afraid to look at how long ago it was that I posted the first post about issue 1 of this journal.
Today we have the story "Rosella, in Stages" by Hob Broun. To my knowledge, Broun went on to publish a story collection and a novel, both of which have fairly recently been re-released in eBook form (though it's not all that difficult to find used copies of those old hardcovers).
The title is an apt description of this story--there are six of these stages, each beginning with a number , , , , , and  that I'm sorry to say the first time I read the story I missed out on the very obvious fact that these numbers weren't random, but corresponded to Rosella's age at the time the stage adhered to.
The story itself is not that out of the ordinary--at 6 Rosella spies on folks visiting her parents hotel, at 19 a friendship with another woman wants to be more (at least from the friend's point of view), with husband at 32, daughter at 45, on through life. But maybe that's just what is so impressive with this story--in five short pages, in six sections, Broun has given his readers the life of Rosella, with enough shared information between the sections to flush out the many, many missing years. He's chosen just the right age gaps, and given just the right information for each year to allow us to imagine the vast bulk of Rosella's life. Reading the story a second, third, and fourth time having realized this, has made the writing of it seem that much more impressive. I do have Mr. Broun's books around here somewhere and will be looking for them--though I'm pretty sure I'll see more of his work in future issues of The Quarterly.