After 32 years of teaching high school English, I've started writing again and loving every minute of it. I enjoy bringing ideas to life and the concept of leaving behind a legacy.
The Special Light
Terry’s favorite was always macaroni and cheese, but only the Kraft Deluxe brand with the dinosaur shapes. He could eat that golden goodness three times a day. His parents, however, felt he needed more balanced nutrition. For most other children, the introduction of new foods is slow but usually successful. Eva and Greg tried everything they could to entice him to try a carrot, but he just gave it to his brother.
- Top Story - July 2021
The Anniversary WaltzTop Story - July 2021
The morning haze of June 10, 1994, was particularly tiring for Shelley. Two months of pregnancy have started taking its toll, from the dreaded morning sickness to the backache that no Advil could kill. Bumming around the house, a restless Shelley figured today was just going to be another typical hot summer day. Mark, who started work earlier in the day, came home early, catching her off guard.
Suspenders for Sale
Grandpap used to think that suspenders were the bee’s knees. We never did understand how the joints of an insect were the equivalent of something so special, but Grandpap knew that holding up one’s pants was a sacred duty. No one saw him without a pair; I think he used to wear them when he went swimming in the lake as well. He had a different color for every outfit he owned, and then a few more. They were leather, cotton, polyester, and a few other materials that I haven’t figured out. Overall, they were the most important part of his appearance.
Don't Jump to Conclusions
Tessa examined her new apartment from the terrace out front. It was a forgettable, two-story building erected in the 1950s. Once she turned 18, her parents said, out you go. She brought up box after box to her tiny one-room apartment in Hamilton, away from the big cities of New York, away from her parents, away from the shallow dorks at her high school. It was all she could afford with her part-time jobs, and by the look of the building, she overpaid. The topmost floor of a brownstone had four windows that faced the outside, and other than the transom window at the top of the door, very little light came in.
- Top Story - July 2021
Why Do I Go to the Beach?
Jimmy Buffet wrote, “Mother, Mother Ocean/I have heard your call.” Well, I’ve finally been asked, “Why the Beach?” I’ve tried to resist saying, “Why not?” and instead, I’ll attempt to delineate why “moonlit walks along the beach” is not just a cliché in my world.