Today was the first day of early voting in Nashville. Because Tennessee would not accept COVID as as acceptable reason to receive a mail in ballot, I was committed to voting in person not matter what. When I was a block from the early voting location, I could not believe what I was seeing. Though … Continue reading Hope


I remember sitting on a school bus in 1981 durning the time of year that was not winter, but it was not spring. My face was pressed against the window as I looked at the black slush that was once snow. The life of a high school freshman is hard; trying to be invisible helped. … Continue reading Longing


I remember spending a lot of time as a child being stuck in my room because I was grounded for some infraction. After exhausting myself with futile resistance and rebellion, I would resort to reading books, picking up my room, playing or dreaming of racing my horse across the plains as we chase the bad … Continue reading Grounded

Zora Neale Hurston: Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick

“One of the greatest writers of our time,” Toni Morrison “Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick” is a collection of short stories written by Hurston between 1921 and 1937 shows the genius of the woman who wrote “Their Eyes Were Watching God” in 1936. Several of the 21 short stories are considered “lost” … Continue reading Zora Neale Hurston: Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick