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Roll of Thunder

I'm queasy. Feeling a little sick to my stomach right now, and it has nothing to do with those damn iron pills my doctor wants me to take. Tonight, while doing research for a paper I have to turn in tomorrow (I know that smells of procrastination, but it isn't--we have papers due every week), I came across a fascinating, haunting piece of literature. My hands are trembling. This thing shook me. I nearly cried.   I want...

Land of the Fearful

I see it now. I get it. And I agree. The ban. The wall. It all makes sense.   My daughter came home yesterday complaining about rumors that her school's annual 8th grade field trip to the Holocaust Museum had been cancelled. When I asked why, she said that apparently some students from her school had been disrespectful on previous trips to the museum and her principal didn’t want to run the risk of having students from...

You and I

One week ago, I woke up feeling great. Proud, hopeful, safe. Ready to take on the world.   By the end of the day, however, those feelings had crumbled to dust, and over the past seven days I have felt as if I'm in some kind of alternate universe. Everything looks distorted. Up is down, down is up, and nothing makes sense.   Now, I've never been one to stay down in the dumps for very long--I've gotten pretty good at...

From Memories to Manuscript

In some ways, I wish I had documented this process publicly at the same time as I was actually going through it rather than after the fact, but considering that I'm still at the beginning of the post-production period, I figure now's as good a time as any to write about what I've done so far.   I officially began the Memoir Project on June 20, 2014. I titled a Word document "Memoir Notes" and just started...

Birth Day

Today is the tenth anniversary of my mother's death, but I feel as if I've just given birth. About an hour ago, I sent my second draft into the world.   Well, I mean, to five people in the world, but still. That's way different from just the one person who was reading it before. That was mostly for accountability, for keeping me on track, to make sure I got it done. This, tonight, is for feedback....