Call Me Pollyanna

2016 wasn't my year. It started out with my grandfather dying. Full stop. That, right there, was enough to put a big red X through all twelve months of that calendar. Then, the air conditioning went out in my car - and that's no small thing in Texas. Fixing it was going to involve pulling… Continue reading Call Me Pollyanna

The Albuquerque House

You didn’t expect it to be so difficult, your last night in this house. . It’s a great house. Stucco walls blend into the landscape and a rare-for-these-parts green lawn hides behind an adobe wall. As you approach, the second story appears over the top of the hill, then the first floor with its surrounding… Continue reading The Albuquerque House

Like a Prayer

The melody catches my attention but it's the lyrics that make me look up: Life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone… “No! Don’t stop there!” I demand. Dad has never in his life watched MTV and I can’t fathom why he paused there, of all channels, at that exact moment. “Why not?” Dad squints… Continue reading Like a Prayer