Amber Day 1

Thursday, 11:30 pm

A rock taps against the bedroom window. Then another. A male voice pines, jagged, through the glass. On top of the duvet, the dog rolls onto his side and sighs. He blinks up at you and you can almost read his mind: "this fucking guy again?"

Instructions for Naming a Baby

(I was having too much fun, so I wrote a second piece. I realized it was getting long, so the end may be a bit abrupt.) *** 1. As a child, practice on fish. Try to predict personalities via name. Say, “You look like a Max, and you look like a Janet.” Watch your...

Grief’s Wake

The carpet deadened my husband’s fleeing footsteps, but the closing door’s click still echoes in my heart. * A tiny bit of the sea is left behind in the salt pond each time the tide recedes. * Year after year, on April 8th, the male and female ospreys return to their...

1991 Prime Time TGIF, Retrofitted

8 PM FAMILY MATTERS When left home alone, Laura (MY SISTER) invites her latest crush over to watch a movie, but Judy (ME) decides to play a prank and ruin the evening of romance. Crush: DAVID ANDERSON (Repeat) 8:30 STEP BY STEP Dana (MY SISTER) catches Alicia (ME)...

A Partial Inventory: Mother’s Day

Hi Friends! Had fun playing this morning--I think I could spend HOURS on this list, but for the sake of getting something up here it is in progress, nice and rough (also none of my bolds or italics are showing up): A Partial Mother's Day Inventory Shopping excursions...

A Recipe

Ingredients: 1 highway: A one lane highway snaking from the Pacific to the Valley, through oaks and crossing and recrossing a cry creek bed. 2 sisters: On their way home from high school, the older sister driving the younger one. A requirement of her being able to...

Haven’t You Heard? All Things Come to an End

On the bank of the city creek, just outside the town limits, there’s an old red shack with a tin roof and warped wooden door. The cheap glass windows are perma-fogged and always closed to keep the mosquitos out. Behind the shack is a shed and inside the shed is the...

Boat Captain Pastor

The speeds of her electric toothbrush are the first two notes of “Amazing Grace.” It takes about a verse to get the job done. As she sometimes does, she watches her reflection go up in flames. She performed a burial at sea and a beach wedding today. So many people...

Ten Thousand Sunsets

Mom was in the Mrs. America Pageant of 1954. She won the ironing competition. The state of Nebraska was so proud of her, held a grand banquet in her honor. I remember her using an iron, but not on clothes. Every year we took a trip to Florida on Spring Break and every...

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