Faking My Life Story

I was applying for a writing job and found this prompt: Tell us about your hometown. Describe what was it like growing up there? what are some things to do or see? what are popular foods in the area? I didn’t really want to talk about where I came from but I wanted to incorporate some…

Untaming The Shrew

I’m immersed in the world I am creating  on my computer so it takes a moment to realize he is looking at me, to even notice him standing in the corner, but when I look up and my eyes meet his for the briefest of moments, I let my lids flicker quickly. It won’t do…

Who Am I?

  Overwhelmed by your genius, Your passions fill my heart Your words break my silence I touch your picture when we’re apart Your rainbow of opinions color my thoughts Your voice tinkles in my mind I see you in myself But alone, who am I? I mourn for your losses My leaden tears fall for…

Not Taught In School

“When is it due?” one student asks, once she makes out that this is an assignment. I leave off from where I am and go back to the top of the board and write in even clearer handwriting that I thought I was capable of producing on a vertical writing surface. Now it reads, Writing Assignment,…

Going Nowhere

Going Nowhere She’s never been away from home before. The thought is almost unreal. And she wonders what she’d think, and she wonders how it feels, To be the one who’s missed instead of the one doing the missing. To be the one whose face is kissed, instead of the one doing all the kissing….

How To Make Time For Reading

Some weeks, I don’t reading much – maybe I’m focused on my own writing, or teaching, or trying to catch up with the people in my life, or spending my free time in the gym. Then, my reading definitely takes a back seat. But honestly, I feel most fulfilled when I make time to just read –…

Status Quo

Today, I’m… Missing: warm weather – riding my bicycle, running outside, hiking and camping. This winter needs to be over soon so I can get back to my outdoor adventures. Watching for inspiration: Sabotaging yourself with the word ‘Fine’ Reading online: Be happy in yourself Reading in print: I just finished 100 Years Of Solitude and I can’t read…

Running Pictures

The box had been falling on her head for several days now. Ever since it had been delivered, she had moved it from her bed, with excitement, to the floor, with annoyance, and finally to the shelf atop her closet, with resignation. She hadn’t been running for weeks and the running shoes seemed to be…

Bengal Tiger

His skin was an angry shade, like he’d been the most recent of Dr. Zizmor’s patients and he was shrugging his shoulders up and down, up and down, at the front of the post office line. It was only when he moved up in the line that she saw the fresh tattoo of a Bengal tiger that had…