Hopeless Autumn. Almost

I admit to being obsessed with things that most people call unimportant. I fuss relentlessly over stuff: figurines on a shelf, pumpkins on the porch, ornaments on the tree. More over here. Less up there. No one else sees it, of course. But I can't help taking note of small details. Several people have pointed…

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Part 7: High School Twice

When I published Part 6, I thought I was finished. Honest-to-goodness, I did. However, a guest blogger from the twelve student reflections insisted I had more to say. She believed readers would wonder how I ever went on, after experiencing such verbal and emotional pummeling. I saw her point. For months, I've written and deleted.…

Ohio Gothic

You just never know. When Cliff and I got married, we were school teachers in Tulsa.  However, we'd both planned on other careers: technical theater for me and pre-law for Cliff. If we'd stayed on those tracks, chances are we'd never have met. But we did. It was a blind date I agreed to so…

Fenceless

I understand the purpose of a fence for holding things in--wayward dogs, wandering toddlers, windblown lawn chairs. But a fence raises questions; unbordered space offers answers. Our block contains five open back yards without a picket or chain link. All summer long this unfettered rectangle has bloomed and buzzed, unconcerned with crabgrass or heat. Owners…

Stepping Stones

Because I'm a writer, I can sift through details to make the story end however I like. Therefore, I made my previous post, "A Toad, A Turkey, and a Ton of Sandstone" sound delightful. I skipped over the middle. It didn't show me in the best possible light, a dark place not suitable for my…

Decoration Day

In Milan, the whole community rallies for Memorial Day. The Edison High School Marching Band lines up in the town square. Baton twirlers, scout troops, and veterans. Fire trucks and police cars with whirling lights. Eager children on bikes decorated in red, white, and blue. The whistle blasts. They're off, parading to the cemetery for…