Outer Banks

April’s theme at You Are Here Stories is Reclaiming Place. This marks my fifth YAH contribution. *** Tears streamed down my face as I huddled in my corner of the backseat of our wood-paneled station wagon. I was crying as quietly as I could, not wanting to attract concerned attention from my parents, or ridicule from my…

Other People’s Dirty Dishes

Here’s my fourth You Are Here Stories post. March’s theme is Mess & Place. *** The stack of plates next to the sink had bits of dried cheese and other unidentifiable foodstuff stuck to them. A frying pan and a couple of saucepans were soaking in dirty dishwater in the sink, along with handfuls of…

Making Pennies, or My Father’s Money

My third You Are Here Stories post is filed under February’s theme, Money and Place. *** When I was a little girl, I thought my daddy made all the money. That’s because when I once asked him what he did at work, he told me, “I make pennies.” I probably was too young to comprehend the complexities of…

The Divine Secret of the Ho-Ho Sisterhood

Here’s my second You Are Here Stories post, filed under the theme for January, Laughter and Place.  ***** Their husbands didn’t get it. Lauren, Mary, Suzy, and I made plans to meet at Beth’s house near Chicago for a long April weekend. Lauren would drive in from Indianapolis, and Mary could handle the six-hour drive from St….

Homecoming

My first You Are Here Stories contribution is live. December’s theme is Finding Place. Enjoy! ***** The snapshot is of a girl in a gray Allegheny College hoodie, one she purchased in the campus bookstore on one of her pre-college visits. She is gazing at the camera, chin on fist, an open notebook on the…

Finding my place: You Are Here Stories

Some of you may have heard that I have embarked on a new writing journey for 2016—starting in December of 2015. It’s a year-long writing fellowship with the You Are Here Stories blog: You Are Here | True stories about roots, identity, and place. The founders of this blog met in the Glen Workshop West Spiritual Writing…