finis

We run with so much vigor when we're young, so eager to get to the next milestone. My grandmother used to remind me "Don't wish your life away, honey. . ." but I would laugh at the impossibility of that and ignore the deeper meaning. In college I was so caught up in figuring out... Continue Reading →

just wait, it’ll get better . . .

From Juvenile Law (CASA) conference in Boston: Facts - Statistic 1. Every time a child changes schools, he/she regresses approximately 6 months. Statistic 2.  There is a disproportionate number of children of color in the foster care and delinquency system. Statistic 3.  Children of color are generally detained longer after being taken into state custody,... Continue Reading →

blonde

Too fat Too nerdy  Too skinny Too phat I've so little control of What's under my hat Wearing the wrong shirt Buttons don't match Wife says I can't Wear shoes with a latch Hair is too short But don't grow it out Keep it just right Can't look like a lout You look like a... Continue Reading →

Pilgrimage I

Little Rock The strangers are gathering at Gate 4. Several of us will know each other much better by the end of this trip. The others are just strangers and probably always will be. An unkempt couple to my left eats their mid-morning snacks as they laugh about something on their phones. A guy in... Continue Reading →

24 – incursus

I've brought the larger story into 2002 now, and I wonder if anyone noticed what was missing from my admittedly self-centered account. This piece of our lives didn't fit in. We said we would never forget. The nation made appeals to god. Celebrities and politicians spoke of national strength, pride and unity. We had a... Continue Reading →

14.5 – res ipsa 2

Racist. Racism. Prejudice. Bigotry. Hate. In the first year of law school, I began to grasp the significance of words and their specific meanings, and began to practice using them more carefully. On one hand they cannot do the physical harm that sticks and stones can. On the other hand they leave wounds that do... Continue Reading →

12 – Alaska I

My first experience flying was over the Atlantic and into London and wartime. My second experience flying was over the Rocky Mountains to Salt Lake City and from there, above Mt. St. Helen's - still barren from the eruption 12 years earlier - over the Chugach range in Alaska, and touching down in Anchorage, Alaska. ... Continue Reading →

9.6 – intermitto

After the summer experience of 1990, I needed an intermission. That was awful, and weird, and glorious, maybe.  The jury was still out on the reality of it. The fall semester at Northeast Louisiana University was a welcome experience at a college where I could be anonymous.  As I said in renovo, once a guy... Continue Reading →

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