“I’d like to buy a vowel..”

Let me start my describing my character:  harmless boring(?) good sense of humor. And now let me set the scene: I’m checking out at the grocery store.. See? Boring. There is no bagger, so I’m packing my own stuff.. probably way too many heavy items into each thin bag.. (A real bagger would have used…

Bending the Arc of your destiny..

My mother is a rock star..she really is. Her will to bend the arc of her own life is something to behold. I’ll give you just two examples: She was feeling blue a few weeks ago that Easter was coming and they had nothing going on. We don’t live down the road anymore, no one…

Why lie?

Lying is like painting over a water stain on the ceiling.. the truth will eventually seep right through, so all you are really doing is buying time. Now if you’re an exchange student trying to escape from communist North Korea and you have to dress up like a local and lie about your identity to…

Burning down the house

The summer before my junior year of high school, my family moved from Germany to Maryland. My father’s job was in Washington, but he and my mom decided it would be better if we lived outside of the busy D.C. area. We settled into a wonderful neighborhood on the Chesapeake Bay full of families with…