Category Archives: family

The voyage west

Six days ago I loaded a residual of earthly possessions (an espresso machine, musical instruments, hair products, and some clothes) into my CRV and began driving north, then west. Destination: Seattle. After four years in Louisville, KY, I cried crossing … Continue reading

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Aging and snus

It astounds me sometimes that I come from snus-chewing, John Deere loving, gun-toting rednecks. Not that I don’t exhibit a bit that charm still, lucky you. We all grew up with strange and inappropriate colloquialisms that we do not realize … Continue reading

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Hummingbird drizzle and the mountain birds a crow interjects briefly, restrained the sun is up, it’s been so since 5 I watched it through the blinds intermittently as I stirred again and again listening to the movements of my daughter … Continue reading

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What do you deserve?

“Cream rises to the top!” the well-dressed white woman exclaimed as she wolfed down her brisket. I put down my spoon of beans. “What do you mean by that?” I queried. “My mom taught me that and it’s true. If … Continue reading

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today I am fighting off the loneliness which punches like the wind cutting across The Ohio   my daughters are baking snickerdoodles while I am  following some portal that is mine alone to crawl through repenting   today joy and … Continue reading

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Kids Christmas Books a la Shannon

Long before I had children, I loved children’s books. Maybe it was a holdover from my own childhood. My mom read them to me with such expression and love. I hope my children remember the same. There is something about … Continue reading

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Don’t miss your appointment with life

I have been gone from home for around 7 days now, though it seems longer. After spending 3 1/2 days with 16 teens on a service trip, I drove my youngest daughter to summer camp. There are a myriad of … Continue reading

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