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If I Have to Celebrate Thanksgiving…

2015, our last Thanksgiving with Kenneth In the spectrum of holidays, Thanksgiving ranks as a “meh” for me. I’m not thrilled about the inaccurate, white-washed sugar-coating of history. At my age, I just want to be told the truth in life, even if it hurts. No more George Washington and cherry tree stories. I’m tired…

Christmas This Year

Guys, I realized that I had a huge problem in my house. It got really out of hand when Kenneth was around. Only recently have I slammed on the brakes and realized that I need to do something about it. Christmas is coming up. I usually do my shopping in, like, August, but this year…

What Others Have

More playing around with an audio essay. Tonight is about envy. Comparison. And going to bed feeling melancholy over the news that a family I know has lost their daughter today, a young woman in her early 30s, and that she leaves behind a husband and a 4-year-old. Another reminder that life can be brutally…

From the Files of the Pain Curator

I decided that I must be a Pain Curator. I might have been born to have this job. I’ve pretty much spent my entire life intrigued by horrible stories, and now, trying to survive a horrible story. I’m not sure why. Maybe because I’m super nosy, and a kind of unlucky. Or secretly a sensitive…

Raising a Daughter

I’ve been a little MIA for the past couple of weeks because I was finishing a project for a contest. Now I’m back to a flurry of essay writing while I sit in the trenches of story outlining for a month or two, after which I plan to complete a new fiction project that is…

Happy Birthday, Kenneth

Another birthday has come, without him. Today would have been Kenneth’s birthday. The kids have decided that they would like to visit him at the cemetery, go to the library, eat Curry House, and then cake. I cancelled yoga and swim classes for everyone and we are just going to hunker down at home. For…