You Don’t Know What You Missed…

Guest post: She gazes at fields of Brandywine corn in the dark, barely morn, and a sliver of sunlight catches the mirror in her attic bower her face pale as flour, she first turns away, then a glance on the run she’s tidy and slender, her hair in a bun she’s a seamstress, bow-maker, a … Continue reading You Don’t Know What You Missed…

Water Your Children

  Enter a caption   When I was a kid, trouble had no trouble finding me. “Trouble” might be too strong. Call it mischief. Or devilry. I never thought I was doing anything wrong-wrong. I was just doin’ different stuff.  So  … so I got into different trouble. You gettin’ this? “There is always one … Continue reading Water Your Children

Parts Unknown

Guest Post: Part of me is gone, you know I’ve left for parts unknown, and though You hear my voice, you rub my hands I’m living in forgotten lands, where Voices only I will know, are laughing loud And whispering low, you look concerned You shouldn’t be, exchanging glances I don’t see With unseen faces … Continue reading Parts Unknown

September 12, 2001

Every now and then life slips into technicolor … because a particular moment is so glorious … or so frightfully tragic. We've  all seen things we wish we could unsee … and we tuck that hard stuff deep down inside. And it stays safe there … until something wakes it up. In this morning’s twilight-sleep, … Continue reading September 12, 2001

Kidhood

Kidhood should happen when you turn nine … maybe ten. And last until the day you turn fourteen. Then it’s over. Done. That’s when everything you’ve learned starts to count. For real. Tommy Scott taught me to follow directions … by diagramming touch-football plays on my bony chest … with his stiff index-finger. The McCann … Continue reading Kidhood

Robo-Education

"The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do." -B. F. Skinner It was just a matter of time. And time’s up. And to think how many Sunday afternoons I sacrificed reading and rating essays. All those margin scribbles ... and all those chin-up, keep-the-faith notes of encouragement. Had I taught in this moment … Continue reading Robo-Education

America Great Again!

Here’s a reason for a Fourth of July smile … Americans are walking away from the Democrat Party in droves ... and embracing the country they love. #WalkAway Movement VIDEO STORY CLICK HERE  This guy gets it … and he’s a former Democrat. And he's right ... no tantrum can last forever.  And this honest … Continue reading America Great Again!

Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma

Someone's gotta lean on the horn. That child's story has the worriment of a damaged adult on the edge. But she's perhaps a hundred months old.  She's an Xbox junkie ... a "gamer" ... found sitting "in a puddle of her own urine ... so hooked ... she wouldn’t even go to the toilet ..." When her father threatened to … Continue reading Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma

One Bad Kid

Leland Dodge spent his middle school years dodging one very bad kid. He loved his middle school … he just hated the third floor quad. His math and science classes met there. It’s also where he met Dutch Holland. The one very bad kid. Leland Dodge went by “Fiver”. That’s what everybody called him. He … Continue reading One Bad Kid