What's In A Name

One year in middle school, I decided to go by the name Katie.  It's such a nice, sensible, ordinary name.  One that requires no explanation at introduction and no repeating.  Katie was Trés American.  As American as the ham and cheese on Wonderbread sandwiches I wished my mother would make for lunch, instead of Polish store ham and Morski cheese on sourdough rye bread.  Or a Twinkie, or even a bag of potato chips in your lunch bag. At the ...more

What's In A Name

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The Autumn Tree

It's an early Sunday morning.  The barest hints of Autumn have been creeping along the branches of trees. My children are in the backseat playing with two stuffed animals, fully animated with deep voices for men and high pitched for women, laughing with complete abandon.  There isn't a single hint of worry or sorrow yet on their smooth young faces. We turn left and find Autumn in the parking lot of a church.  The trees are bursting with yellows and ...more

The Autumn Tree

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A Gallon of Milk

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