Leaving a Present

It seems that coming out of a coma after suffering a serious traumatic brain injury leads to some…unusual behaviors. A long time ago, the car in which I rode lost its rear axle, and a tractor-trailer loaded with 30 tons of charcoal barreled through the passenger door....

Frozen Peas

If anyone ever tells you that a vasectomy is a simple procedure with no complications, throw everything down and run. Why is it always my wife that is taking everything to get snipped? She took our cat Grayden 13 years ago, and our cat Needles went on the journey two...

The Fundamentals of Electricity

A family friend passed away a couple of weeks ago. His family played a central part in making us feel welcome after my father retired from the US Navy. See…before moving to Madison County in Northwest Arkansas, I had been raised on and born on concrete. Being born in...

My First Scribbling

The first thing I ever remember writing, I wrote for someone else. It wasn’t a cute little story I composed at school for my parents. That first moment I set pen—or more likely, one of those big fat pencils because I remember the paper was from one of those extra...