Today’s Bit of Beauty

I had a long, hard day today for what seemed like six or seven unrelated reasons, but Steve’s flash piece, Love and Rockets, was published by Every Day Fiction, and I’m proud of him. I love this little piece and think it packs a nice punch. Here’s the link. And here’s Steve on his 50th…

Losing my Father

My dad died January 11, 2018. He didn’t like for us to talk publicly about his cancer. It wasn’t because he was in denial, he just didn’t want to feel like people were feeling sorry for him. He was private and quiet and that was just fine. So, at his request, we didn’t talk about…

The Things We Carried

How does one prepare for a hurricane? The first ten days of September were one achingly long crescendo of anxiety here in Florida. We watched Hurricane Irma churn from the African coast to the Leeward Islands, devastating Burbuda, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and on to Puerto Rico and Cuba before crushing Miami and the Florida…

A Return to the Center

In the hot, waning days of summer¬†2016, I visited the Abbey of Gethsemani ¬†in Trappist, Kentucky to walk the grounds with a friend. The world felt at peace, and my friend and I–both writers, both recently divorced, both mothers, both spiritual seekers–had some important catching up to do: after both of our decades-long marriages ended…

“Human”

Originally posted on I Write.:
While applying for a marriage certificate in Lexington, Susan and I were asked to identify our race. We agreed we’re tired of that question on every government form everywhere, so we entered the word “Human.” The clerk was not having it and insisted that we properly categorize ourselves by skin…

A Letter to My Teenage Daughters

February 8, 2017 My dear girls, Last night in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Senator Elizabeth Warren to stop speaking as she was reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King. The letter, written in 1986, denounced Jeff Sessions, the senator currently nominated to be the Attorney General of the United States, as…