April 22, 2016


Lovella June felt betrayed; she railed, accused my grandfather of cutting off her breast to get back at her for her adultery.


I know very little about my grandmother; she passed away when I was young. Lovella June had a temper; she smoked; and she drank. One story tha...

March 7, 2016



“You look just like my mother.” I’m sure this statement is pronounced on a regular basis to daughters throughout the world. It was a phrase I never heard until recently. My aunts and my mom started to tell me I looked like their mother, Ruth. Ruth and I never had the...

March 2, 2016


Its inspiration was from the ripped Polaroid found in the back of the grey 1991 Beretta, used as a bookmark in Nana’s weathered Bible. It was the only picture Nana and Poe had taken together during their courtship. After his death, we were nearly destitute. Nana had t...

February 17, 2016

“THE VISION OF CHRIST that thou dost see
Is my vision’s greatest enemy.
Thine has a great hook nose like thine;
Mine has a snub nose like to mine.
Thine is the Friend of all Mankind;
Mine speaks in parables to the blind.
Thine loves the same world that mine hates;

February 17, 2016

Grammy was so happy on our family trips to the Finger Lakes. She’d bravely come canoeing with us, and stay up late to watch movies with us – my mom would ask her “do you want to go to bed” and she’d keep saying no, not wanting to go before the rest of us. And then she’...

February 11, 2016

It was a Tuesday night that my heart started beating differently. Do you know that cliché, the one with the sound of cracking and the heart breaking into a million pieces and never being able to get it back together? It’s not much of a lie, you really can feel like tha...

January 25, 2016

When I was 23 I went on a date with a guy in law school. That’s how I remember him.The guy in law school. He was visiting the East from California, his parents were local. We had polar lives. He went to private school and later Duke. Told me he sold insurance for a whi...

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