memoir


The most impacting people in our lives rarely realize their significance. Especially when their impact lasts long after they’re gone. The strongest influences in my life are my forebears, particularly my grandmother Emily (Grand Emmy.) We share more than our names; she praises similar fondness for, and impact of, her grandmother, Emma. Without Grand Emmy, the depth and breadth of my namesakes’ lives would vanish with time....

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  The truth may hurt for a little while, but a lie hurts forever—especially if it starts while we’re young. Naivete protects, but only for so long. Innocently developing brains absorb multifarious influences that pour into id and ego’s foundations. As we grow our sub-conscience clings to these diverse exposures, sorting the positive and negative to shape our identities, emulating the good and shedding the bad. Truth becomes...

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They burned you. I watched your thinning blond hair and prominent nose roll away behind the window of the hearse and then they burned you. Not two months earlier you were at my house for Christmas dinner. And we laughed, and you stayed extra nights because the storm kept you from driving home and I cried when you left even after extra days together, because I love you so very much. Yes I loved you as intensely as a daughter could, and...

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one grows eerily accustomed to the waiting, almost immune to the life draining away from them in the next room as if the jaundiced sleeping form isn’t human now that its riddled with foreign cannibalistic cells, slowly eating him alive from the inside out bustling activity beyond his bedroom door feigns significance in comforting his eroding body an ear pressed against the door jamb crack confirms he still breathes and the...

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I avoid the keyboard. An ocean of thoughts swell into waves of ideas, mounting to feverish tsunami. Words and phrases rise and fall, swirling into sentences and paragraphs. The undertow sucks at my feet and pulls me down. I know from experience only drowning awaits; I will myself away from the desk. I must get busy. I must distract myself to kick free. Endeavors to distract deceive like riptides under calm waters. I plant hosta, I...

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