D Is for Stinky, Ruffy, and a Dollop of Muggs*: #atozchallenge

Probably no one man should have as many dogs in his life as I have had, but there was more pleasure than distress in them for me except in the case of an Airedale named Muggs. He gave me more trouble than all the other fifty-four or -five put together, although my moment of keenest … Continue reading D Is for Stinky, Ruffy, and a Dollop of Muggs*: #atozchallenge

Just Like Audrey, Almost

Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched. ~ Miguel de Cervantes Some consequences you can predict. Some you can't predict. Some you should predict but don't. It's the last of the three that'll get you. I had just read a brief bio in my memoir class and turned to leave the lectern, … Continue reading Just Like Audrey, Almost

100-Word Story: You’ll Be Fine

GENRE: One line of fiction. The rest is truth. 100 words Dedicated to my dear cousin Mary Veazey, who said, “Let’s go on a cruise.” I have almost forgiven her. POETIC JUSTICE or, YOU’LL BE FINE   Beautiful . . . waves, sunset . . . Deck chairs . . . Two nights at sea, … Continue reading 100-Word Story: You’ll Be Fine

Young and Brave and Naive and Amazingly Stupid… but Successful

A long time ago, when I was young and brave,* I herded about forty ninth-grade students onto a school bus and took them to San Antonio, thirty miles away, to a matinée performance of Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet.  The day before the event, I learned that two girls planned to skip the trip. They … Continue reading Young and Brave and Naive and Amazingly Stupid… but Successful

SCN Stories from the Heart Conference 2012: Saying Yes

Linda Hoye, one of my sisters in Story Circle Network, reminded me today that SCN's Stories from the Heart Conference 2012 will take place April 13-15, here in Austin. She'll be there. Sisters I've met in person or online will be there. Sisters I would like to meet will be there. Will I be there? … Continue reading SCN Stories from the Heart Conference 2012: Saying Yes

The Tale of Kerwin, Part II: Ostracism

In yesterday's post, I introduced my first best teaching story, that of Kerwin. Tonight brings that story's stirring conclusion. If you have not read Part I, please do so now. Part II will pack a much harder punch if you know what came before. Since publishing Part I, I've realized I failed to name the … Continue reading The Tale of Kerwin, Part II: Ostracism

Day 29: W. F. Ward, Confectioner, 1958

  Out on the porch it’s August, But it’s cool inside and dim, one bulb suspending from a cord. A slim brunette holding a bottle of Royal Crown Cola Smiles down from above the mirror. In the back, where it’s dark and you’ve never been, Sit two small, dusty tables and four delicate chairs. Once, … Continue reading Day 29: W. F. Ward, Confectioner, 1958