March up to the gate and bid it open.

My favorite movie as a girl was The Wizard of Oz. One of the networks always aired it on a Friday night in the fall. So every Saturday towards the end of the summer, I would find the TV guide section of the newspaper and check the listings for Friday night. We had no...

a story bigger than mine

Another memory.I am in 9th grade English class and we are reading The Glass Menagerie. I’ve just been assigned to read the part of Laura Wingfield. I always hated reading plays out loud in the cold, fluorescent classroom. It was all so…unnatural. I always ended up...

learning from a memory

I’m 16. Just got my braces off. Its the summer of 1993.I’m driving in my parents’ black, Chevy Spectrum (the extra car)…complete with no a/c (or heat). I swear that car was made of plastic. Cheap, thin plastic…like a Barbie car without...

one of a thousand lives

Lately I have realized that the time had come to sort through and get rid of some of the girls clothes from when they were born. I have gotten rid of a lot already, but the stuff from their first year has been sitting in plastic storage boxes in the attic. Knowing I...

i’d rather be sleeping.

So awake. So very awake. Looking around my dark room, bored. Never be bored at 11:35 pm. Be ASLEEP.I think it’s the Rocky Road ice cream that I ate at 9pm that is causing me trouble. My sister thinks it’s wrong to have chunks of nuts in ice cream....