Life As the Villian

It was another hard run today. This time I ate dinner first and fought the lack of inertia to stay on the couch reading a fantasy book about a beauty and beast retelling. “It’s just two miles today,” I told myself. Worn out from the constant sticky, sick-state July has...

Learning to Carry On

Dear Paul, I did it. I finally wrote the book I told you I have been meaning to write since you died. I’m calling it “Breaking the Bend.” It only took Susan dying to remind me that I didn’t have all the time in the world to finish it and...

Hands That Talk

I hiss and grit my teeth against the sting of the liquid bandage. Antiseptic meets my blood and it burns. Only three more cuts to go. I had been working. It was not the official kind of salaried work with benefits but the kind of work that makes me feel...

What I Want

“It’s just the sheen,” she said as we looked at our options in the sand ahead of us.  I thought it had looked a little wet from the rain, and possibly the tide. I wasn’t sure if we should continue our advance upon the sand. The day was one that...

The Angel and the Fury

We were gathered around the fire in the rain and Sara, who had accompanied Christopher, asked me, “How long did you know her?” Barely given a chance to answer, Christopher interjected, “Forever.” There was suitable, universal truth in it that really negated any answer that left my lips. It was...

The Ache of the Missing Present

The Ache of the Missing Present
The ache of the missing present. I feel like sometimes that’s what grief is. The realization of what you imagined to be never taking shape. I think that’s why some of the happiest people are the ones that only see the present for what it is and take inventory without...

A Little More Certainty

A Little More Certainty
I wake up to sounds. Some days it was hearing the trickle of a creek next to my window or the rushing roar of a hot air balloon. Other days it was the quiet stillness of a midwest prairie with the hiss of the wind rustling the grass, or the...
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