Rebecca Morean

Turning Over Stones

Rebecca Morean

Rebecca Morean
Yellow Springs, Ohio,
April 25
Associate Professor
Sinclair Community College and The Antioch Writers' Workshop
Novelist and mom. Dog walker and goat milker. Warrior against the ravages of ignorance (and time). Addicted to popcorn and sea coasts. Loves Rocks. (Also known as Abbey Pen Baker for one particular series.)


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APRIL 22, 2014 3:17PM

Embracing the Dark?


Choosing to land Elizabeth Dias’s article about Barbara Brown Taylor and her book Learning to Walk in the Dark on the cover of TIME tells me there is nothing really wrong with the world.  No hunger, no Ukrainian or Syrian crisis, no education or income gaps,/

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NOVEMBER 29, 2013 8:46PM

A Vocabulary of Motives



                I adjusted my Army surplus belt and made sure I had extra pencils in the canvas pocket.  The larger pocket was supposed to hold a metal canteen, but my diary fit perfectly. On the o/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 4, 2013 1:13PM

Chaos Theory




 Timbuktu. When I was four, I loved the way the name tripped off my tongue. This word bouquet coincided with my first ice cream sandwich which was gloriously mysterious, even without the added intrigue of coming from a vending machine.

Timbuktu. A name layered in graRead full post »

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MARCH 29, 2012 3:15PM

Pacifiers and Hoodies





Last month, in Complicity, I wrote how infuriated I became when confronted with a white woman who shared with me her unsolicited world view: “They can’t follow instructions….Black people.”  The second to last paragraph garnered angry let/Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 22, 2012 1:09PM





Those people. Them. They.


Mob mentality is viscerally frightening. Even if played out on the flat surface of the television, the sight of people running amok, smashing windows, storefronts, setting buildings, cars, themselves sometimes on fire, is enough to set my fi… Read full post »

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JANUARY 27, 2012 11:37AM

Good Catch Mom

So I have rabies.  My children are probably rabid as well.  At least this is what everyone, and I mean everyone, has told me.  This is the problem with having too much information—the ability to assess risk goes out the window and you find yourself weighing matters in fis/Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 12:16AM

Touchdown Strippers


Irony is a bitch.  Or maybe, after all, it’s the male equivalent. 


In mid August I took my two youngest children 17 and 13 to Disney World for two days and then on to my cousin’s house in Boca Raton.  Many of my friends who don’t own televisions weRead full post »

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JUNE 23, 2011 3:18PM

Living Out Loud





I am constantly trying to suppress a genetic predisposition.  Not to alcoholism or drug or gambling addiction (thank god).  My grandmother only smoked or drank during bridge parties and my mom quit smoking by simply dumping the rest of the carton of Kents/… Read full post »

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MAY 23, 2011 7:59AM

Losing More Than Gold



When Jane Goodall disappeared at four, her mother did not frantically grab a GPS device or swallow a biting urge to “chip” her little girl when she finally found her in the chicken coop five hours later observing hens. In fact, local police were not even cal… Read full post »

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MAY 5, 2011 7:18AM

Hands On


When I was nine I lost my hand.  In some accident.  How, wasn’t really the point.  I was still going to manage with my prosthetic.  I wore the same chipper determination when I went blind earlier that spring, memorizing my house by counting stairs and feeling c/… Read full post »

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APRIL 12, 2011 7:29AM

Closed Doors




It’s the story no one wants to hear.  That’s what the kind but firm support group psychologists told me over the phone or in person.  I wasn’t ever a member of a support group, mind you.  In each case I was trying to get in and, in fact,Read full post »

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APRIL 6, 2011 8:20AM

Sextants and Cell Phones




My four children are separated like knots on a ropey timeline, equidistant, exactly three and half years between each.  They are also separated by gender: girl, boy, girl, boy. And by race: white Hispanic, w/Read full post »

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MARCH 28, 2011 7:39AM

Marrying Walter Cronkite

        Walter Cronkite

       For years, I wanted to marry Walter Cronkite. Despite the age difference.  Every night, after dinne/

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MARCH 21, 2011 7:53AM

Flint and Straw


Why keep them?  



Why keep it all these years?

This is what I think I’ll ask later, much later, when I am old and have long forgotten the little basket tucked in my bottom drawer.  A small soft oval of straw knots no larger than a jewelry box, woven along the/… Read full post »