Warning: Tilly is Not Normal

Warning: Tilly is Not Normal

Today, welcome my step-son, Jacob, who is doing a guest post for me. This was a homework assignment which seemed like it needed a wider audience. Enjoy! by Jacob Craig Ok, you remember my dog, Tilly. Well, if you haven’t, keep reading. Tilly can have very weird...
Love Begins Here

Love Begins Here

“Love Begins at Home.” The engraved wooden plaque hangs proudly in our upstairs living room, enthroned above what I have dubbed “the picture wall,” holding court over our family when we linger there in the minutes before bedtime. Not usually one for kitsch, I just...
Heroes for the Ages

Heroes for the Ages

I was 23. A few weeks earlier, I had quit the newspaper reporting job I had been dreaming about for years, and declared my intent to make a real go at more creative writing, beginning with . . . well, I wasn’t exactly sure. But I had moved four states away from my...
Jealousy or Living the Dream

Jealousy or Living the Dream

I fritter and flutter away at decluttering and organizing my workspace this afternoon trying to get control of the mess it had become. Even as I straighten and combine and discard, I feel my chest tightening and my head swoon. My office is not the way I want it. I...
One Woman: The Cashier

One Woman: The Cashier

On a recent shopping trip to Walmart, I was checking out in a staffed lane, too many items for self-serve. I don’t love shopping at the giant box store, but when time doesn’t permit a stock-up trip to Indianapolis or even nearby Lebanon, Walmart is the...