The Monster Under My Bed

Weird stuff happens to me. Often, that weird stuff has to do with animals. Like the time I wound up in the ER because a cow I was hand-milking jumped into my lap when a co-worker opened her stall door and her calf ran out into the aisle. Or, the day, not so long ago…

The Lost Story

Many years ago (before there was an Internet), I began a book. Life happened, as it so often does, and I never got past the first three chapters. The book was begun in good old Word Perfect for DOS (if you’re old enough to remember DOS, congratulations; you’re a survivor), and at some point converted…

Taking Life Bird by Bird

It’s a classic, Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Most writers of my generation know the book. Some know it backwards and forwards. Some will pick it up (like yours truly) on occasion, just to help remind us of who we are, what we do, and why we do it. It’s been many years for me,…

The Journey Begins

Well, actually, the journey began back sometime around 1967. I was in 5th grade when a member of our cafeteria staff passed away. My teacher, Mr. Centauri, gave me the assignment of writing a poem to celebrate her memory at an assembly held in her honor. I did so, and recall being absolutely terrified. As…