Mush

(Title essay from my memoir, originally published in The MacGuffin) Four months after moving in to the run-down mobile home, I still hadn’t g

Cat-Face

This essay/memoir excerpt first appeared in Pithead Chapel. ~ My boss admitted she’d hired me for my personality. Past events had inspired her to

Sled Team

A version of this excerpt from MUSH first published in Oh Comely ~ I declared a red alert for puppy arrival to all my colleagues and supervisor

Without Words

This excerpt from my memoir first published in Outside In Literary and Travel Magazine. ~ Kneeling between the leaders at the front of the lines, I

Chicken Divan

This short story first published in Fire & Knives and later published in Oh Comely magazine ~ My brother came screaming into this world like t

Privileged Perspective in Memoir: Building the Bridge of Trust by Trusting the Reader

This craft essay about techniques authors of memoir use to build credibility and elicit trust first appeared in the Writer's Chronicle. Below is the f

True Story

This essay first published in The Write Life, the Wilkes University Creative Writing program blog. ~ As I settle into somewhat of a writing comfort

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Tuesday afternoon

Naked skies expose a piercing sun, And an aberrant warmth belies the calendar. The mood is somber. A hush blankets the valley. As I walk through

Oranges & Toast

I’m standing in my grammie’s kitchen watching her prepare my oranges. As we stand side-by-side at the sink, she cuts a large orange in half and go

Coffee Soup

I must have suspected, with a child's intuition, that butter was integral to my Grandma's cooking. But I didn't realize until much later, when I a