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Rothko Doggerel

Sun, 2 Nov 2014, 08:35 AM (-06:00)

Sent from my iPhone. As he does so often, my brother had sent me a picture he’d snapped. Were they still in California? Did they go to Houston to the Rothko chapel? Who knows. The note said nothing. It just included the picture. I love Rothko. I’d hang one in the living room if I […]

A New Month

Sun, 2 Nov 2014, 08:21 AM (-06:00)

Day 1 “It’s November first!” she exclaimed as she pulled a shirt over her head and raced out of the bedroom. I rolled over and closed my eyes. But it was for naught. Morning had come. I got out of bed and walked into the closet.  But before I got there, I looked out the […]

Kinda Knowing

Sun, 30 Mar 2014, 08:57 AM (-06:00)

We were talking about being far away. How I have lamented being the only one in the family west of the Mississippi. How I felt completely removed from them all, removed from all that coming and going and the closeness that characterized the family of my youth. How my brother and aunts and cousins and […]

Wild Thing

Sun, 30 Mar 2014, 08:03 AM (-06:00)

So let’s talk about those wild Primroses in the front yard… Many springs ago, my mother came down from the north to visit and to revel in the warm Texas springtime. It was a good year for it, to the extent I can remember it: the sun shined, the sky was blue, the wild flowers […]

Ultimate Convergence

Fri, 28 Mar 2014, 08:37 PM (-06:00)

A Chachi had plans to come down to Texas from the cold regions of upstate New York. And then came a niece with the Berkely ultimate frisbee team for the Womens College Centex tournament. And her dad, my brother. And her mom, his wife. And her brother and sister. And then my mother heard of […]

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 […]

Measuring Meticulously

Tue, 15 Oct 2013, 09:38 PM (-06:00)

It was supposed to be his responsibility to figure out the whats and how-muches of the appliances. He’d be living there, after all, so it seemed reasonable to assign the task to him. (We offered to underwrite it.) But the three-day weekend came and went. And the columbus day sales. So on the day the […]

Walker and Laura

Mon, 16 Sep 2013, 09:34 PM (-06:00)

The groomsmen stood under blue skies with a Gulf breeze blowing. Their shoes were spotless and shiny. Thin black stripes ran up the legs of their dress pants. They wore slate-blue ties and creme-white shirts under black suit coats. The sun of the late afternoon lit their faces where they stood solemnly with their hands […]

Ages Were Long

Sun, 4 Mar 2012, 07:33 PM (-06:00)

“Do you remember when your father died?” “Yes,” my father said, looking up with wide eyes. “That was two days before my master’s results came in. He never got to see them.” “That was May 1950,” he added. “My father was very old. In his 80s at least, perhaps more.” He was quiet for a […]

Waiting for the Train to Bareilly

Sat, 3 Mar 2012, 11:06 PM (-06:00)

“Hah!” my father chuckled. His eyes sparkled and he was smiling. “All these details come back…” “When my family took me to the train station, they took me in a bullock cart.” He looked at me with wide eyes when he said the words, bullock cart. “And I was very tired when the left me. […]