Tag Archives: Parenting

The Dangers of Roblox

“Can we talk on the bed?” This is my 10-year-old daughter’s code for I did something questionable that I really want to talk to you about, but I’m afraid I’ll get in trouble.  Sitting on my bed is a safe … Continue reading

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In Exordium

*****This was a commission piece I wrote for the composer, Eric Whitacre, about the birth of his son.  In Exordium I picture you as a deep sea diver, an ocean astronaut floating, still formless, in the darkness of the deep. … Continue reading

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37 degrees

37 degrees is the temperature a normal body holds. She woke up cold beside him and already knew. He stared up blinkless–dust already forming on his pupils. She filled him again and again, punching in time to the tinny disconnect of the speakerphone counting … Continue reading

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The Matryoshka Women: A Mother’s Day Story.

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 … Continue reading

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“13 Reasons Why” the copycats have started

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 … Continue reading

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The Fate of Flightless Birds 

My grandfather used to let us watch him slaughter the chickens. He’d  hold them down against a tree stump, wack their heads off with one swoop of the axe, then let them go. We’d stare after their headless bodies as they … Continue reading

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The Dog you Need, Not the Dog you Want

I have a love/hate relationship with the Church. God either has a sick sense of humor, likes to mess with me, or is trying to teach me something.  The only logical explanation is that God is trying to teach me … Continue reading

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