Tag: writeonfighton

How I spent my snow day (or trying to make a connection)


~This is a new post~ I totally nerded-out on my snow day. I spent the day writing a letter to Tim O’Brien– author of my favorite book, The Things They Carried. After some internet recon (sounds more upstanding than stalking) I found that Tim O’Brien currently teaches creative writing at Texas State University. In 2010, […]

How to Cross a Threshold


The following post, “How to Cross a Threshold” was originally published on March 18, 2018. This piece was also published in “Generations”, a quarterly publication that explores ataxia research and promotes ataxia awareness.     If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of […]

Today is a great day to start over


~This is a new post~ The other day I saw a young couple, a man and a woman, sitting on a porch step, leaning on one another and sharing a bottle of beer. Their were smiling. They sat in silence, just a couple of kids, as the evening sun tossed shadows across the front lawn, […]

My Best Dreaming Partner


~This is a new post~ Romantic love is a subject I don’t often write about for the simple reason it makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the men I spend time with simply don’t talk about romantic love. And they certainly don’t write about it. But it’s Valentine’s Day and the love of a woman is […]

Taking Notes: A Love Story


In the spirit of Valentine’s Day–the following story “Taking Notes: A Love Story” was originally published on February 16, 2018 In a world with Nicholas Sparks it’s hard to write something original about love. Love is a well-traveled topic. One, I’m sure, you’ve taken plenty of notes on. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is engraved […]

How to Save a Marriage


In the spirit of Valentine’s Day–the following story was originally published on March 2, 2018 `It was romantic as hell. We were finally alone on the beach house front porch. The sun was rolling away from us and the sky made grand commitments to the pinks and oranges that stroke only finest of summer evenings. My […]

People Do Care


I told you the other day that this week has been a tough week for me. Just one of those weeks where nothing works. A week that put me on edge. A little angry. A little ill-tempered. A little too quick to feel sorry for myself. One of the miracles of doing this blog thing […]

It’s been a tough week ~Taking My Own Advice~


It’s been a tough week. You know–one of those weeks where multiple things break, plans halt and change, arguments ensue, and the shit rises and officially hits the fan. It’s been a week of little frustrations, piling on each other, making one, hot snarling big frustration that stands bow-legged, arms-crossed, and grins six inches from […]

Why Problems are Special Opportunities


Four weeks into VRT (Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy) and I’m coming along– one step at a time. My physical therapist and I agreed that I’m at 75%. Meaning another 25% and we both feel I’ll be able to start to run again. In a weird, frustrating, and fascinating way devoting my summer to learning how to […]

I suspect all parents are frauds


This week a student told me I must be the world’s greatest dad. I laughed. “What makes you believe that?” “Because you always seem to have a great answer for every question.” Flattered, sure, but there’s a big difference at being good English teacher and being a parent. Teaching literature and writing is easy.  Parenting […]