The Right Half of my Brain

July 1, 2017

brain

I know the theory that the right side of the brain is creative and the left side is scientific has recently been discredited. For the purposes of this piece and of life in general, I’m going to ignore that. I don’t trust scientific evidence. Last week, it was on the news that coconut oil is…

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Wonder Woman

June 10, 2017

Wonder Woman

Two of my friends and I go to the movies almost every Friday. Today, we saw Wonder Woman with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. When I was a little girl, Wonder Woman was my favorite comic book. She had something I didn’t feel. She had power. Today’s movie did not disappoint. Diana, Princess of  the…

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Forgive

May 25, 2017

Forgive

I can only remember one time in my entire life that I said something right to another person’s face because I wanted to hurt their feelings.  That occurred about sixty years ago, and it still makes my heart twinge when I remember it. I’m sure that in the decades that have passed since then I’ve…

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Cider and Donuts

May 4, 2017

Yates Cider Mill

I had an ear of corn with my dinner tonight. You can’t keep corn long in Nevada, an ear dries out very quickly. It was quite good, a little butter and a little salt. Yummy It made me remember the best ear of corn I ever had. We lived in Detroit and later in Sterling…

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Smith Mayse

April 3, 2017

This is my maternal grandfather, Smith Mayse, born in Franklin, Kentucky, January 8, 1896. There are only three of us now who remember Smith Mayse and the man he was. It seems fitting that I do as much as possible to paint a picture of him and his unique life. This picture was taken shortly…

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IN THE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA

March 18, 2017

drummer

In my first year of high school, I joined the band and orchestra. I would have preferred to be in the chorus with my two best friends, Shelby and Carol, but I couldn’t carry a tune. As they said, and still tell me, not in a bucket. I craved some sort of musical experience, so…

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TRINKETS

March 11, 2017

new doll

The blare of the telephone woke Ann from a deep sleep. She glanced at the clock by her bed. The red letters said, 8:00a.m. It was Saturday morning, when she usually slept in. It could only be one person who would have the nerve to call her at that time on a weekend, her mother….

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THE ESTATE SALE

February 25, 2017

green tearsdrops

Thomas Ridley spent his last night in the house where they’d lived for over thirty years….Hannah’s dream house. He’d barely dressed when the estate sale agents rang his bell. They stripped the bed and tossed the sheets in the washer. An hour later, they planted the signs, one on the corner of the block, one…

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I LOVE A PIANO

February 13, 2017

piano-girl

The craving started for me in the Harmony Baptist Church on the east side of Detroit. Re-fashioned from an old bank building, the main room on the first floor appeared to be a regular church auditorium. At the front, an organ stood on one side, a piano on the other. The preaching happened in the…

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Salvation Army Summer Camp

January 21, 2017

canoe

We lived in the lower middle-class section on the south eastern side of Detroit. In the summer, my grandmother Mayse would have grandfather Mayse drop the family off at a large building in downtown Detroit. Grandma had to show our vaccination papers. A nurse would have us stick out our tongues and say, “Ah-h-h.” Another…

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