The Proverbial [Non-Fiction]

Does absence make the truly make the heart fonder, or is out of sight, out of mind the better approach? This writer investigates.

Ice Cream Lady [Non-Fiction]

“Do you hire girls?” I asked. It was 1969 and I had called about an ad for an ice cream truck driver.  I found it under “male/female help wanted,” but in those days women did not drive trucks. “Oh, yes,” replied the company owner.  “I prefer to have women drive my trucks.  They treat them…

A Butterfly’s Promise [Non-Fiction]

A mass of teddy bears formed an impenetrable wall that stretched the length of a city block. Those bears, in an array of colors, sizes and shapes, sat shoulder to shoulder in silence, a tribute to the hundreds that perished in the Oklahoma City bombing. The community, as well as the nation, was still reeling…

Change [Non-Fiction]

In the academic classroom, the instructor teaches the lessons and then the students receive the test. In the classroom of life, we’re given tests, and then the lessons follow. All around us, there is change. The change of seasons, the ebb and flow of the ocean tide. The rising sun and the nighttime moon. The…

Resistance [Non-Fiction]

In May 1968, the entire nation of France shut down.  I remember it. I thought it was amazing that an entire country could organize, mobilize unions, students, and citizens of all kinds, to make a statement of displeasure like none I had ever seen before.  DeGaulle left the country, only to return willing to make…