Ain’t So Sure Bout the Summertime Muse

Crickets and cicadas singing, chirping, rumbling and humming, day and night, incessant. Their murmurs blend with the clanking of the window unit and box fan, running to supplement the taxed central unit. The distant growl of mowers and weed-eaters complete the cacophony. My own lawn is ankle-high, despite having mowed it four days ago. It’s … More Ain’t So Sure Bout the Summertime Muse

The City of Spires, Chapter 2: “The Faces You Will Meet”

“For I have known them all already, known them all: Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons, I have measured out my life with coffee spoons; I know the voices dying with a dying fall Beneath the music from a farther room.” –T. S. Eliot “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” During my circular slog … More The City of Spires, Chapter 2: “The Faces You Will Meet”

The City of Spires, Chapter 1: Matronly Seduction

Collisions of old and new captivate me.  For instance, Prague is packed with ancient architecture but also boasts sundry latecomers—skyscrapers, modern office buildings, and structures that could only be considered oddities.  If one were to venture east to quaint, quiet suburbs like Vinohrady or Žižkov, one would be greeted by sweeping fin de siécle apartments … More The City of Spires, Chapter 1: Matronly Seduction

Election Dejection

Tomorrow is November 8th, a very important day for our nation: The International Day of Radiology. No bones about it. Oh, yeah, it’s also the day that a little less than half of a record 200 million registered voters will stay home. I get it. Election fatigue is a real thing. It doesn’t help that, like … More Election Dejection

Ignition Impossible: The Tale of Lus and Zrbyxc [Dental Draft]

“This is what happens when you invite evil into your life,” my mother said. She lingered on the carport, housecoat cinched tightly to block the autumnal breeze, steaming cup of coffee in her hands. Dismissively, she shook her head. Nostrils flaring, I wrenched the ignition, as if the fifteenth time would miraculously be the charm. … More Ignition Impossible: The Tale of Lus and Zrbyxc [Dental Draft]

“Paranoia Strikes Deep”: Your Electronics Are Snitchin’

The University of North Alabama and the University of South Alabama: two colleges 6 hours away from one another, each perched on opposing ends of the Western side of the state. This Friday, both campuses will be deserted due to fall break. That means I’ll get to see my kid for the first time in … More “Paranoia Strikes Deep”: Your Electronics Are Snitchin’

Ignition Impossible: The Tale of Lus and Zrbyxc [Up Draft]

[Author’s note: Embarrassing as this draft is, I decided to leave it up as an editing exercise. According to Anne Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts,” “A friend of mine says that the first draft is the down draft — you just get it down. The second draft is the up draft — you fix it up. … More Ignition Impossible: The Tale of Lus and Zrbyxc [Up Draft]

Birds, Boulders, and Buffy: A Guide to Writing and Life

Some days I think I speak solely in phrases from movies and literary quotes. It’s wonderful when someone gets the reference, but usually I just get that half smile that implies “Well, we knew this day would come. His cheese has slid off his cracker.” If you ask me how I’m doing, you’re likely to … More Birds, Boulders, and Buffy: A Guide to Writing and Life