That’s What I’d Like to Know. What Did You Do Wrong?

A young woman from my church sent me a text message, asking questions about addiction.  I don’t really remember what her questions were.  I just remember that when I responded to one question, I did so with sarcasm that only those who are in my situation, might pick…

It Works If You Work It

    My dad didn’t talk much about his father’s violent side. He didn’t have to talk about it for me to know. He wore the abuse like a deep cut, whose efforts to heal had worked long and hard to compensate, like growing tissue that is…

What Would Your Mama Think?

  My parents have been dead for a long time now.  Sometimes, I forget what life was like when I had them.  It is almost like a separate life existed, one that is barely recognizable to me with the distance that time has placed between then and now.   Maybe that…

A Case for Dead Mules in Southern Literature

    My very first published piece was titled, “Life Lessons I Learned from an Ass…” It was published in a little known magazine called, ‘Miniature Donkey Talk’. I made $50.00. I was thrilled. You see, I just wanted to get published…anywhere. And, so I did. I have…

I think there’s a twelve step program for that…

A young woman recently called the office, concerned about her new horse. “Is this your first horse?”  I asked. “Yes.”  She said. “What kind of horse is she?”  I asked. “Oh, she’s a thoroughbred.”  She said.  Her voice was beaming…

The Vet’s Wife

      Early in our marriage, when my husband, Matt, would return home, late at night from an emergency farm call,  he would clean himself up, slip his frozen body into our bed inching as close as I would let him and remind me, “You do know how James…

Yes, I did back into my daughter’s car…

“You backed into your daughter’s car?” Jake from State Farm, asked. “Yes”. I replied. “In your driveway?” He continued. “Yes.” “Did you know that she was home?” “Yes……yes, I did.” Silence. Wonder what he thinks about that? I might as well just tell the truth…lay it all…