Working in a petting zoo has its benefits: you work outside all day; you get plenty of exercise from laborious farm chores; and when you need a break, dozens of friendly fauna await your playful attention. During my initial zookeeper training, the manager said I shouldn’t get too attached to the animals. “These aren’t your […]Read more "The Cruelty and Compassion of Kids: A Zoo Tale"
“I’ll walk. Just pull over there.” Robbie was sounding cool, not like jazz musician-cool, but as someone attempting to stay calm and deflecting agitation. The skewered garage door must surely be revealing blatant evidence upon the rear of the car, which hadn’t yet been seen by anyone, not even Daisy. That was for later. They […]Read more "Daily Plucked (Part 3 of 3)"
Part Two. For Part One, click here. I pushed Vic’s kid down Court Street, stopped every few strides by another stroller, double-wides, more often than not. Benny kicked at the stroller’s footrest and shouted out things that I could not understand and did not trouble myself over. In the first store, I had to wedge […]Read more "Bad Sitter: Part Two"
This week was hell. I have a midterm review Tuesday evening, work obligations, one of the most difficult courses I’ll ever take, and a family. I sulked into Structures class Thursday evening, porting my incomplete and poorly built model. The look on the professor’s face made me feel worse. I could tell what he was […]Read more "Coming To Terms With Mediocrity"
At the age of 39, my great-grandfather, Arthur, went to the hospital to have his tonsils taken out. I imagine they’d been troubling him often and he just couldn’t stand it anymore. He was a coal freight agent for the Chicago Eastern Illinois Railroad. His wife, Alice, 37, and their two children, ten-year-old June and fourteen-year-old […]Read more "Alice"
This post was originally created and submitted for a project at the Grin City Collective’s Artist Residency Program, in which we were asked to cover some aspect of the Grinnell High School Homecoming festivities. For more information on the Grin City Artist Residency program check out: http://grincitycollective.org/ A month after my grandfather moved back to Pella […]Read more "The Homecoming Parade"
The Eastbank Killer – A Serial Novella Attorney Donna Bosque finds her life turned upside down when an attractive associate at her firm becomes convinced the Eastbank Killer, who has been terrifying Portland, is directly linked to their law firm. Start from the beginning Previous Chapter Chapter Three Donna Bosque had been pouring over the […]Read more "Eastbank Killer: Chapter Three"
Preface: In recent attempts to write a sitcom pilot, I have been mining for characters in my own life. What has happened instead, is that I’ve found myself writing a number of personal essays about my past relationships, romantic or otherwise. Seems I’ve been blessed to share my time with a motley cast of characters. […]Read more "The Dead-End Date"
There are few things in life you cannot escape. Even darkness and age (the fuel for our fear as we grow) are, in the land of light bulbs and botox, dodge-able. “I couldn’t possibly love a person as much as I love you.” My mother said to me one time, on the longest […]Read more "Baby Cry"