The Dirty Job of Sacrifice, Mom-Style

Still Life with Aromatic Ointment. October, 2011. The Things Done for Love All my life I’ve used my bare hands to apply mentholated ointment, because that’s how my mom applied it when I was sick as a little girl. Recently I’ve had bronchitis and the ointment has been my friend. Vicks sorely strained our friendship one evening. I’d […]


The Dirty Job of Sacrifice, Mom-Style

Still Life with Aromatic Ointment. October, 2011. The Things Done for Love All my life I’ve used my bare hands to apply mentholated ointment, because that’s how my mom applied it when I was sick as a little girl. Recently I’ve had bronchitis and the ointment has been my friend. Vicks sorely strained our friendship one evening. I’d […]


Minor Misery, Major Joy

 A Lovely Cast. Art by Tanya Yorks. Spring, 2008. True Confessions If we meet on the street and you ask say, “How are you?” I’m likely to say, “Just fine, thanks. How are you?” And I’ll smile as I listen as you answer.  And odds are good that I’m lying. Sort of. For seven months […]


Minor Misery, Major Joy

 A Lovely Cast. Art by Tanya Yorks. Spring, 2008. True Confessions If we meet on the street and you ask say, “How are you?” I’m likely to say, “Just fine, thanks. How are you?” And I’ll smile as I listen as you answer.  And odds are good that I’m lying. Sort of. For seven months […]


>Minor Misery, Major Joy

>  A Lovely Cast. Art by Tanya Yorks. Spring, 2008. True Confessions If we meet on the street and you ask say, “How are you?” I’m likely to say, “Just fine, thanks. How are you?” And I’ll smile as I listen as you answer.  And odds are good that I’m lying. Sort of. For seven […]