“Every leaf speaks bliss to me…”

I picked these up from the brick lined path leading to my local library At 8:54 p.m. CST this evening, fall arrived with her usual flair for drama - following a torrential Texas-style downpour and thunderstorm. She waited until the last raindrop fell before making her grand entrance. I don't blame her at all for…

Texas Style Road Trip

I've kinda got the Monday blues... Got home from a lovely weekend road trip last night. I'm definitely happy to be home - my favorite place on earth -but it's bittersweet, because so many happy memories were made. With me on the journey: my teenage daughter and her two best friends, and the mom of…

Cheap Haircut, Happy Day

    For months I’ve been really sick of my long hair - what a pain it was, no longer a match for my face or my life in general, really. At 48, I’m not doing that thing I see some middle-lifers do when they panic and start trying to look younger in ever more…

Syllabus

I recently discovered a creative nonfiction writing syllabus from a college class taught by David Foster Wallace. In it, he stated, among other things: “...This does not, however, mean that an essayist’s main goal is simply to “share” or “express herself” or whatever feel-good term you might have got taught in high school. In the…