Editor’s Pick
MAY 7, 2012 12:14AM

Where have all the young men gone?

I began writing this piece almost twenty years ago, after I located a friend's name on the moving wall.  It has become a story within a story.  I had planned to use his real name and details and offer the piece as a tribute. A few years ago I offered the original story to/… Read full post »

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MARCH 15, 2012 10:52PM

To Bee, or Not

The bee room was uninhabitable in warm weather, but in winter when the swarm hibernated, it served as our playroom.  A giant honeycomb, the only insulation the walls held, filled the south wall of the rundown rental that housed our family of seven.  The hum of their activity was a constant/Read full post »

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JANUARY 30, 2012 6:54PM

Marigolds and Mary

Childhood memories sometimes return in the same manner a pond turns over.  A scene of peaceful beauty suddenly vomits forth unwanted material in order to cleanse itself of hidden debris.

 

When I was seven years old I had a favorite dress the color of buttery marigolds.  Chocolate-bRead full post »

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JANUARY 4, 2012 12:36PM

Fishing

“Quiet,” Grandpa said, holding a thermos above his head like a trophy.  “Don’t wake the others.  Wanna catch a fish?”  Swimming quickly out of the tangle of blankets, I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and eased myself onto the cold wood floor.  We/Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 11:46PM

Mother's Secret

Mother's Secret 

 

Whenever any of my eight siblings get together, the topic of their mother’s saintliness emerges in every family dialogue.  I say their mother because, although we share the same parentage, my mother differed significantly from theirs.  My memories continue to be m/Read full post »

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JULY 23, 2011 11:19AM

Losing My Religion


   Losing My Religion

          I was the poster child for sainthood until my parents’ contrasting religious views clashed within me.  From my mother, I learned to love the drama and pomp of her Roman Catholic faith.  From my lap/Read full post »

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JULY 22, 2011 12:42PM

Vivendi les resistance!

 

Vivendi les resistance!

 

            When I began teaching in the late 1970s, I was conflicted.  Was my purpose to fix the system from within or blow the whole thing up and start over?  I tried the former path, but after/Read full post »

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JUNE 11, 2011 4:24PM

Fatherly Impression


Fatherly Impression

Many years ago
, when I was still a child, our father’s rages terrified the entire family.  Collectively we’d try to appease the beast at any cost.  We’d stumble over each other in an attempt to get him his shot of whiskey and a salted can of beer when… Read full post »