Elocution Lessons

Excerpt from Nettles and Roses: A Mother Remembered. (Elocution hand positions pictured.)             Before church service each Sabbath, the head elder, Brother Lane, gave announcements, and one Sabbath he announced that the church had a piano to give away. Before heading home, Mama told Brother Lane that she wanted the piano for her children. He didn’tContinue reading “Elocution Lessons”

Excerpt from Lost and Found and Found Again: A Math Mystery

We Encounter Hitalittle Bear Dog had been waiting for me at the door. He was talking to an old man who appeared to be able to understand dog talk.  Bear said, “Here comes my friend.”              And the old man answered, “I’ll open the door. It’s a little big for you and your buddy.”             “Thanks,” BearContinue reading “Excerpt from Lost and Found and Found Again: A Math Mystery”

Playing with Dead Rats: Searching for Humanbeingness

During lunch break, a group of teachers, all women, had gathered in the lounge to savor cups of hot coffee, check out catalog bargains, and talk about home and school. In one of the conversations, a second-grade teacher shared that several little girls in her class regularly brought Barbie and Ken dolls to school. She remarkedContinue reading “Playing with Dead Rats: Searching for Humanbeingness”

A Christmas Story: Eight Hens Roosting

Excerpt from the memoir titled Nettles and Roses Sixty-four Year Old Santa Under the Christmas Tree (Henry David, a vintage doll, sits next next to Santa. Henry (named after Thoreau) was rescued from an abandoned cabin shortly before it was demolished.) After the house burned and while we were living in a one room tar-paperContinue reading “A Christmas Story: Eight Hens Roosting”