Prior to Wilhelmina Williams’ passing, she’d given her daughter, Pandora, an heirloom sewing-box. She cautioned her never to open it, for according to legend, doing so would unleash a global, butt-ugly fashion trend. Pandora gave a rat’s ass for neither fashion, nor butt-ugliness. Hence, when mom assumed room temperature, Pandora opened the sewing box. Out tumbled a mangled thimble […]
I was thrilled — no, ecstatic — when I learned I was pregnant with you. Each day I fell a little more in love as this tiny life grew and stirred inside me. I couldn’t wait for you to be born so I could finally meet you! Yet, I feared losing the special bond that only […]
Does your first or middle name have any significance (or were you named after another family member)? My mom named me after her favorite actress, Susan Hayward. My middle name is Marie, I guess because it fit well with Susan. My dad wanted to name me Mary Catherine which, if you knew me, is […]
The Daily Post Aside from being my favorite Crayola color as a child, periwinkle functions as an emotion descriptor as well. The difference between feeling blue and feeling periwinkle is difficult to explain, but when you know it when you feel it — kind of like pornography — you know it when you see it. […]
One door closes and another one opens, but suddenly slams shut. Inspired by the prompt at
The world will end in three days Three days? Are you kidding me? That’s hardly enough time! But if that’s the way it is, what can you do? Delegate! Let’s see… Mom can call everyone and cancel. I’ll get my sister to return the gifts. Surely people will understand. There won’t be a wedding to come […]
A summertime breeze and sunflowers turn their heads: a dog poops nearby.
The Daily Post Jack’s a strange one — but listen real close some time: cries like his heart broke. Beats me why he cry Maybe he scared of his self; an’ what he done did.
Several years ago in Mobile, AL I belonged to a small Torah study group that met every Wednesday at lunchtime. The rabbi had a hard time keeping our group on-topic; consequently, everything but the Torah was discussed. One day was particularly memorable. A woman named Sharon began telling the story of how her son was playing […]
This week’s writing prompt for the Shapeshifting 13 Challenge is the word, “sticky.” Exactly thirteen words. A rolling stone gathers no moss unless someone pours maple syrup on it.