First Love – Redux

First Love – Redux

When the phone rang I was wrapped in a towel from the shower, thinking it was my mother calling. “I’m Janice, committee chair of the 1959 class reunion. We finally tracked you down. And now that I have you,” she said in a cryptic tone, “I know someone who would be...
Road Trip – 1990

Road Trip – 1990

Our road trip started at dawn, leaving behind the farm, Jack’s orchard chores, my daily writing sessions, and Holly in our neighbor Daniel’s care. Jack was eager to hit the road. He had an idea, somewhat like the one that brought us to Salem, of co-owning a Florida...
Medice cura te ipsum

Medice cura te ipsum

“Physician, heal thyself” is a proverb that has been used in literary texts from at least the 6th century B.C. The moral of the proverb is that physicians should care for themselves in order to better care for the illnesses of others. Unfortunately for all of us, more...
Welcome to 2024!

Welcome to 2024!

The good news. I’ve finally stopped making a list of resolutions for the new year. The ones I never faithfully accomplished and grew tired of feeling guilty about, like not flossing every day or letting my writing goals slip. What I do want for myself is to say...
Braided Lives

Braided Lives

You can’t make it through childhood without at least one notable event that stands out in your adult memory. For me it was my braids and while I prized them with all my heart, they were a source of conflict every Saturday. Just before dinner, my mother would insist on...
It Was a Dark & Stormy Night…

It Was a Dark & Stormy Night…

Winter 1955 I was in 10th grade, happy to have the house to myself and spend the day reading Frankenstein; Or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. Frankenstein was first on a reading list I’d been given by my English teacher, Miss Goff. I adored her and how she made...