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

For Her Return

Reaching into my coat pocket this morning to extract my gloves, I think, for the first time, about the plastic sandwich bag I find still there. It doe

My Rare Disease

In honor of celiac disease awareness month and in an effort to do my part in helping to raise awareness, I posted "My Rare Disease," the story of my c

My Rare Disease Part 10: A Note on Celiac Disease

Back to Part 9: Diagnosis ~ It has been nine years since my diagnosis, and I am still learning. I am sure I will never stop. I consider myself luck

My Rare Disease Part 9: Diagnosis

Back to Part 8: Rare Disease ~ Human powers of denial surpass those of reason by what seems like an exponential degree. And maybe it wasn’t surpr

My Rare Disease Part 8: Rare Disease

Back to Part 7: Tests ~ Around day seven they started doing different tests to explore the possibility that it might not be the stomach virus that