Maps and Memory

A piece of Wyoming history is coming into my care. The map, "The History and Romance of Wyoming" prepared by Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard and Paul M. Paine in 1928 and reprinted in 1936, was a gift to Wyoming flag designer, Verna Keays Keyes and now to me. One of Keyes' granddaughter, Rebecca Keays, is…

Rabbit Holes and Reputation

While writing my master's thesis, I spent a little over a week learning about calendars. You see, in his autobiography, Levi Sheftall double-dated the year of his birth 1739/40, despite the fact that he maintained his father's records of Savannah's Jewry which clearly put Levi's birth in 1739. With the appearance of several other double-dates…

The Garden

After I finished writing this story, I sat back and realized with some amount of awe that it featured the first Jewish characters I had ever written. I have shared before how many of my early short stories featured male protagonists. I wrote this story, whose main character isn't only Jewish but also female, after…

Pendulum

There isn't too much to say about this poem except to speak on transferrable moods and I believe the poem speaks to that plenty.     Pendulum Kylie Louise McCormick I stepped into your mood today, when your stride lengthened and you walked ahead instead of beside me. Your legs stretched up our hill, and…

On Failure

Tonight begins Purim and I can't help but think of where I was a year ago. Last Purim, as I gathered materials to make a homemade grogger and packed up my poppy seed hamantaschen filled with lemon custard, I received official word of my rejection from the history graduate program at Brandeis University. I had…