Memoir

Memoir is truth as you know it and as your readers will come to know it.

Too Tall

In a class photo from 1960, 33 students in Miss Johnson’s sixth grade are standing in rows on bleachers next to the school baseball field. …

Got to Work!

Two days out of surgery for removal of an infected lymph node, I had a choice to make: Go to work somewhere, tomorrow, at a …

Equality

In 1952 when I was 9 years old, my father was stationed at an Air Force base in Atlanta, Georgia. Soon after we moved into …

Buying Corn

The dirt puffs up in beige clouds around my feet as I trudge along the weedy road ruts bordering the fields. The heat pounds on …

They Is Us

I once read a book about the annexation of Earth for use by an alien race that wanted majestic purple mountains and fruited plains for …

Buy! Buy! Buy!

I read recently that each year in the United States, four million tons of paper go from logs to landfills just so we all can …

Where is Quinn?

The rule was that you call Grandma when you’re leaving wherever you’re playing. You tell her where you’re going to play next. When you get …

My Career–Not!

A career is something you decide on, plan for, maybe go to school for, engage in with purpose, perhaps even use to identify yourself. Meanwhile, …

A Creature!

Noise-loud-scream-female-near-Rosa! I launch away from the kitchen sink, skid across the linoleum, tear through the bedroom, and round the corner to the bathroom. Rosa, who …

Winter and Spring

She sat on the couch quietly. After some time, she got up and gathered together the paraphernalia–the plastic containers, rubber tubes and the needles they …

Hardball

It’s Day Three of my life as the mother of Vivian, and I’m frazzled. Acquiring an 8-year-old ready-made might upset anyone’s equilibrium, but it isn’t …

No TeeVee!

Loretta Young swirls on camera, glittery and with the tiniest waist. Five minutes later, she is diaphanous and dangerous in very little light, gliding down …

My Grandfather

The knock came long after the family had gone to bed. Dr. Waller answered the door nonetheless—in those days, doctors were on call 24 hours …