Category Archives: family

The Last Swim Meet

I’m sitting on the metal bleachers at the Birmingham Crossplex, inhaling chlorine and exhaling tears. During senior presentations, it occured to me that I might not be here next year to witness this for Lyle. I’m not crying because I’ll … Continue reading

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Halfway to Infinity

I joined a group called 12 Short Stories. You submit 1 a month and there’s a max limit of 1500 words. The prompt for the month of January was “No One Can Ever Know.” I wrote a story titled Halfway to … Continue reading

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A Memorable Glass

Today’s prompt: Write about a memorable glass of water. My most memorable glass of water would have to be the glass I drank right after I took a swig of fish grease. No, I wasn’t on some crazy cleanse or … Continue reading

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Flip Side

Today I heard someone say that anger is the flip side of fear. Apparently, I’m terrified by my neighbor’s dachsund. Its incessant barking has my fear (of jail) factor maxed out. My current Amazon wishlist includes, but is not limited … Continue reading

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Mama Told Me Not To Come

I have a pre-existing condition. I dislike flying in general, and United Airlines (Stroopwaffles notwithstanding) in particular– see 2016: https://oldhwysixwest.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/i-do-not-endorse-this-theme-park After 2 (two, T-W-O, more than 1) 3-hour layovers (love you, IAH for your work friendly gates; DEN, you and … Continue reading

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Books on Planes

In the study of history, it’s sometimes possible to identify the sparks that ignite a conflagration, those identifying moments where history is measured in pre- and post- terms. The tipping points. It’s much, much harder to determine when you made … Continue reading

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Made With Love (and Real Butter)

Way back in 2011, I put my family through the torture of trying to replicate my sister-in-law’s chocolate chip cookies (https://oldhwysixwest.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/the-cookie-quest-2/). 7 years (and no kidnappings) later, I’m close enough for the big reveal… it’s what Aarin said:  “I just … Continue reading

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