Maturity: The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

While there are some general overlapping societal views of what maturity is, maturity is a very culture-centric phenomena with a wide range of varying arbitrary rules and rituals for one to pass into “womanhood” or “manhood”, from culture to culture. Most people’s idea of what it means to be “mature”, ironically, is not very mature […]

A Place Among the Stars

Through long and winding roads, leaping gleefully over puddles of water, hugging my thick jacket tighter to trap the warm air then clutching my father’s large hand, feeling its warmth radire all over my arm, peering up into his hooded face and enjoying the rush of emotions- happiness, contentment and trust in the one big […]

An Opossum in the Grass

One night, I buried a dead baby opossum behind my father’s hammock in the backyard with a heavy, rusty digging shovel. The only plausible murder suspect was my luckless cat, Ernest. Mom had always wanted a dog – a Great Dane or some other kind-hearted, monstrous mutt. But our backyard was too small for a […]

Little Known Facts About Mother’s Day

Although Mother’s Day has passed, let’s pause a moment to congratulate mothers the world ’round and look at the larger picture. Motherhood isn’t necessarily defined as a woman who has born a child. The meaning is much broader than holding the hand of an infant and leading him/her to a successful life. Some mothers adopt […]

The Crime of Illness in a New Age Family

While terms like “transformative,” “integral,” and “evolutionary” now prevail, in the 1970s and ’80s, and a while in the ’90s, “New Age” and “New Thought” were the common terms and many said them without scorn. My father wouldn’t have called himself New Age because of the associations with going feral, having wild fun, wearing non-traditional […]

Gone

More than a decade ago, We were both laughing together, Holding hands on the swings And innocently playing on the slides. For Halloween, she wore delicious green And I, a little superhero. But, after our first year, She disappeared without a goodbye. As the years went on, More friends greeted my smile, And I forgot […]