Doing The Heart Work

I drop off two boxes of generic school food and two bags of chocolate milk pints on the cement stoop — rapping on the storm door that I know will not open while I am standing there. I am acutely aware of the school that sits across the street from this house, its parking lot […]

What Success Feels Like

He is a little short.  A little round.  A tad immature, socially. Not athletic…at all. And he is self-aware enough to be okay with that. Instead of doing his work, he often draws.  His cartoons are impressively detailed, his colors vibrant, his designs full of whimsy and movement. And, oh boy, can he write. Often […]

In Defense of Literature

Okay, I’ve got a challenge for you…. Name an informational text that inspired you to greatness. Name a “how-to” manual that you committed to memory so that in the dead of night you could ward off evil, loneliness, or your current financial morass simply by whispering its powerful words. Tell me, when was the last […]