Promise

(A very transparent post on the eve of this blog’s second anniversary!) I was arrested on a Tuesday night. In the worst rain our Midwestern metro had seen in decades, I plowed my cousin’s champagne-colored Ford Escort into a late model sedan. “Oh, shit!” seemed a futile and gross understatement but I uttered it anyway as […]

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Weave

When I first saw my daughter she was loud and bald. We stared at her bright red angel-kissed nose and her rosebud lips and her tiny earlobes and her wrinkly, hairless noggin. I wasn’t certain but secretly considered that her toothless gums seemed to magnify the lack of tresses. They seemed a sure pair like two stooges in […]

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Rise

I needed to get up but couldn’t. Rather, seated and frozen, I willed the clock and my children to stop moving. If these would cease their audacious advance, I might, in the ensuing silence, locate the courage to cherish them. But there, hands clutched round cool, faux wood-grain, I remained resolute, squarely bound in my armchair, […]

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