Category Archives: Random Stories

El Car Pietá

I am on the el in the middle of the afternoon. At the end of the almost empty car, in the part that’s slightly separated, and so perfect for sleeping, is an older African-American man. He is standing up and … Continue reading

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End of Season

It happens at every camp, every year. With tools stolen from woodworking or arts and crafts children scratch and scribble their names on bunks, shelves, cabin walls, anywhere they can. The camps try and prevent it, they threaten that any … Continue reading

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Heroes and Valentines

Most 21st century parents are big on “consequences.” We talk about the consequences of actions, we try and outdo each other to make sure we are allowing are children to suffer the natural consequences of their actions (don’t ever, ever … Continue reading

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What I Used to Know

To be honest, I didn’t realize it was the anniversary of the Challenger Disaster until a friend mentioned it on Facebook. It happened when she was 12 and she said that for her it symbolized an end of childhood. I … Continue reading

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These Are the Days it Never Rains but it Pours

Was it just over a week ago? My son woke me up at 3 a.m. because he couldn’t sleep, and then, he quickly fell back asleep in my bed. By then I was awake worrying about money and a strange … Continue reading

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The Girl on the Train Has Died

Last night my son was invited to visit a friend who recently moved to St. Charles and my daughter was invited to a costume/slumber party here at home. The plan was that my husband would drive my son out to … Continue reading

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Cars and Goodbyes

In 1999 I was 30 years old. I was thin, single, and much more professionally successful than anyone with a MA in literature ever thinks she will be. I had been driving a 1977 Nissan Sentra and one winter day, … Continue reading

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