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Yearly Archives: 2013

My Grandmother’s Laugh

Tue, 31 Dec 2013, 10:33 PM (-06:00)

I heard her laugh. Joyful, unrestrained laughter. The sound of it carried thru the woods. In the light of a full moon. Across the still water. And then… I was awake. A thin crescent moon lost somewhere outside. The darkness filling the bedroom. Trudy lying beside me on the bed.  It has been many years. And […]


Sun, 29 Dec 2013, 07:58 AM (-06:00)


Fri, 27 Dec 2013, 09:20 PM (-06:00)

She carefully stepped out of her flip-flops and stepped into the water. She walked with a bit of a stoop. Her hair was grey and short with curls. Scars on her knees suggested past surgeries. She held on to the railing as she walked down the steps. I was sitting in the corner with hot, […]

Looking West

Thu, 26 Dec 2013, 03:23 AM (-06:00)

Hike In The Woods

Wed, 25 Dec 2013, 04:27 PM (-06:00)

The air was brisk, the sky a cloudy gray. Yesterday’s blue and sun were gone. Brown leaves lay on the ground. Green cactus and viney things stood to the left and right of the path. The dogs were happy to be out, pulling on their leashes, sniffing at the ground, dreaming of dashing off into […]

Yes and More

Wed, 25 Dec 2013, 01:49 AM (-06:00)

You should know this. When I say yes, Yes, YES!, I am not only saying yes but yes! That much perhaps is obvious. But you should also know this. It is an allusion to Perry Mason, to the climax endings in which Raymond Burr stood in the courtroom questioning a witness, trapping a witness, tricking a witness until […]

Measurements In The Dark

Fri, 20 Dec 2013, 01:44 AM (-06:00)

I rounded the far turn thinking how good it felt to be running slowly. There was no sign of the deer now. They must have moved off into the woods. Or greener grass somewhere else. Just a couple laps left. Someone was kneeling in the shadows in the second lane at the end of the […]

Morning Pecan Pie

Tue, 17 Dec 2013, 09:43 PM (-06:00)

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, our running route ran up the hill on Comal. I was running slowly during those first few miles, since I wasn’t warmed up yet, and since … well since I just run slowly on hills. So people were passing me. Somewhere about a half mile into the route, we came to […]

So Many Books

Tue, 17 Dec 2013, 11:45 AM (-06:00)

Most of the US team was dialed in from conference rooms on the second floor. A few of us and most of the India team were dialed in remotely. The meeting video showed me sitting in my blue shirt at my desk. Behind me was the wall of books that lines our study. “Wow,” said […]

Choosing Mercer Mayer

Mon, 16 Dec 2013, 10:29 PM (-06:00)

“I’m ok,” he said, looking down at the books on the table. All the other kids had chosen their books and were sitting on the floor reading their chosen words and looking at their chosen pictures.  “Here,” I said. “What about Denise Fleming? Look at these colors!” “No, I’m ok.” “Don’t you want a book?” […]