On Grief and Love

During the last year and a half, several people close to me have died. My friend Sam died in motorcycle accident.  My Uncle Ron died from complications from stroke. My friend Patty died from ALS.  And last week, my friend and former student, Libby, the daughter of one of my closest friends, Kay and Andy […]

We Are Going to Homeschool

We are going to homeschool next year. There, I said it. I’m sharing this post a friend wrote years ago and hopefully laying some groundwork because the unthinkable has happened. I am preparing to homeschool two of my children for 6th and 8th grade in the fall. Since I have talked about our unswerving public […]

Sam’s T-shirts

(This story is unedited and includes notes to myself for future changes.) At Sam’s Memorial Service, his friends took all his old T-shirts and laid them out over the edges of the table.  There were old school soccer T-shirts, Jerseys from different national soccer teams, The Haircuts of Mao Ze Tzung, camoflauge T-shirts worn so […]

Hiawassee Warm-ups

Hiawassee Writing Weekend 2017 I haven’t been alone in about 20 years, but I am now. It is terrifying. I am 39 years old and I’ve gotten away from my husband and three kids so that I can expunge from my brain years of ideas for fiction that have been building up. I took my […]