Last Night

To Feel The fuzz from my grandmother’s afghan teasing my chin The heft of my husband’s body, his head upon my chest To Hear The crackling candles with woodchips for wick The silence, deep and thick in its peace To…

Healthy Communication

I have a very observant husband. As a writer and reporter, John can walk into a room and immediately discern the piece of a display starting to peel away from the wall or the tense vibe between his interviewee and…

Ouch

When accidents happen in books, the narrator usually slows down the plot, creating suspenseful buildup. When accidents happen in movies, the audience is forewarned by ominous music. In real life, accidents happen so fast you need a moment to regroup…

Still Learning

My husband gets mad when I mourn the loss of our “newlywed” status, so I will refrain from belaboring my sincere sorrow, instead of delight, at the passing of our first anniversary. Know that the sorrow is there, however. Much…

Andy

Andy Griffith has been a long-time hero of mine. We didn’t have cable television when I was growing up, so reruns of Little House on the Prairie and The Andy Griffith Show are the art I was raised on. But beyond…

Comparisons

How New York is similar to the Midwest: Minneapolis Paul is a smaller carbon-copy of New York City. Cost of living is grossly disproportional to the rest of the state; most political/social issues are slanted to benefit the City, causing resentment…

Easter Recap

I have now reached (and passed) that hurdle all marrieds must mount sometime. I think it came pretty early, if comparing to average American couples, but I have now spent a holiday with no family. (And I was still trying…

Appreciation and Inspiration

Music has always inspired my writing. This is largely, I am sure, because I am an avid country music listener. If you know anything about country music you are aware that the industry is largely story-songs. When my writing professors…

Chapter 2

When John and I got married, many people used the metaphor “chapter” when speaking to us. The numerous “What an exciting chapter in your lives,” “This is the first of many chapters” and “Chapter 1” phrases spoken in the greeting…