*Public safety warning. Keep this story away from children and the easily scandalized. If accidental reading occurs, immediately rinse eyes and call your local pastor. “Hank!” June yelled off the deck, but her husband couldn’t hear her. The engine of the rider lawn mower he was driving drowned her out. “Hank!” she yelled again, waving … Continue reading Objects of Pleasure
I found my grandfather’s funeral program in the junk drawer, looking for batteries to put in the remote-control car my son had just unwrapped for Christmas. I found it underneath the Chinese take-out menus, phone books and old coupons; he was Xeroxed on the front in black and white, a young 18-year-old version I had … Continue reading The Good Day
My mother went to the tent cities of Albania in 1999 with a medical team to serve the Kosovo refugees. When she came back, she gave me a set of Russian nesting dolls or Matryoshka— meaning little mothers. Each doll opened up to reveal another smaller one inside her. As the dolls become smaller, their features become less and … Continue reading The Matryoshka Women: A Mother’s Day Story.
The hit Netflix series, "13 Reasons Why" tells the story of a girl named Hannah that kills herself. She leaves behind 13 recordings that name 13 people from her high school as contributing factors. Each person must listen to all 13 tapes as they follow a treasure-hunt style map Hannah left for them, so they … Continue reading “13 Reasons Why” the copycats have started
He'd regularly line us up against the wall: my older brother, younger sister, cousins, any neighborhood kids that happened to be hanging around and make us say it. He'd lead us in the chant, orchestrating it with his long thin fingers, towering above us at 6'4 in a pair of old coveralls. Papa is a … Continue reading A Redneck in Massachusetts
My 9-year-old daughter took my hand yesterday as we were walking. It was unexpected, feeling her light hand in my mine all of a sudden after so long, her fingers now long and thin--so much like my own. But after only a moment, she let go. No squeeze of reassurance then release—just gone. Like … Continue reading Catch and Release