Family Friday: Community

Shabbat Shalom! This morning as I get ready for my Shabbat to start in the evening, I am meditating on the value of community. I tried my best to write this last night but was consumed like the 3rd Precinct in Minneapolis over the murder of George Floyd. How do I write about community, when…

Reflecting on Of Marbles to Bears

A photo I took in Love Library Last week I posted my personal essay, Of Marbles to Bears, which I wrote for a creative non-fiction class the fall of 2010 my Junior year at Hollins. The assignment was to choose your favorite word and then write an essay structured with an opening anecdote, an examination…

Family Friday: Fallen Comrade

Shabbat Shalom! The summer of 2013 my cousin Weston set me up with an Instagram. I was turning 23 that summer, he had already turned 13 so I could count on him to help keep me with it. Typical to most interactions like this, he soon stopped using his with his first profile deleted and…

Of Marbles to Bears

This is the personal essay I wrote in the fall of 2010 for my "Creative Non-Fiction" class that made my professor, the brilliant Thorpe Moeckel, observe that I "loved sentences." He was right, I do. I have several stories and observations about this particular essay and I think next week I will share a story…

In Transit

Out of April and back to short stories and personal essays. This short story is one that I wrote while studying abroad in London and taking a creative writing class at London Met. My creative writing class was concerned about "place." This short story bent that theme as far as I could take it by…

Family Friday: Point, Click, Shoot

    I am constantly grateful that Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard took up the hobby of photography. Her images of the prairie, the monuments she placed, her home, and friends help to give life to my research. Her black and white images of the prairie are often poetic, while her images of people feature prominent…