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Remembering Dad

My dad, my favorite amateur (as in, non-professional) grammarian, died last week at the age of eighty-six. Dad could, in one breath, chide me for ending a sentence with a preposition and quote Winston Churchill’s famous comment on pedantry. From … Continue reading

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Emergency Salads, Tornadoes, and Permanent Cow Fixtures

I realized I cannot stand up and be who and what I need to be without first kneeling and being humble to what I have been given. Continue reading

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Balloons and Blankets: Honoring My Mother

My daughter had a lovely idea given that we were unable to have any kind of funeral or memorial for my mother. She suggested we have a memorial tribute to Momma in Galveston at the beach. I let my daughter … Continue reading

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For Momma – Letter

It was when my daughter was in her most rebellious stage that I called you beyond tears, beyond rage, exhausted and hopeless. I apologized on behalf of myself and my siblings. “For what, honey?” you asked. “For all the crap … Continue reading

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Ghosts, Dead Heroes, and Subatomic Particles: A Short Essay on Inspiration.

I’ve been grieving since Monday, August 11. In this time, I’ve written and rewritten a short-short ghost story, but the ending eluded me. Without an ending, there really is no story. I don’t mean putting it in a nice box … Continue reading

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