Month: April 2014

Bio

I am the smallest red hen hoping to outrun the mistress of the house. I am a forgotten sachet, crumbling lavender at the bottom of a lingerie drawer. I am a hollow tree.  Is there a yellow jacket nest inside or only a quiet place to rest? And, like a patient tiger, I am becoming.…

This Road

Nothing can match the newness of this road. It gleams with a hazy sheen and stinks of tar. I expect to hear workmen opening their lunch pails nearby. What will happen once they are gone? Will I be able to find my words? I only have two hands And one over-burdened, broken heart.   Like…

Further Defining Redemption

In thinking more about the theme of “Redemption and University of Kentucky Basketball, it occurred to me that, in that essay, I had been thinking of the meaning of the word “redemption” as something akin to rescue.  That is, I tried to describe the hope that many Kentuckians feel when they watch University of Kentucky…

Perchance to sleep?

I have always been a bad sleeper.  The family story is that my mother had to sleep with me until I was six-years-old because I was afraid of the dark.  I feel almost certain that I was the only ten-year-old in 1979 using my construction-worker father’s earplugs to help me sleep. Those who have struggled…

“Less Than”

Wow.  I am a little overwhelmed by the response to my last post.  I have been thinking about that piece for a long time.  It makes me happy that it struck a chord with so many people. It originated in a part of me that was always torn about my Kentucky roots.  On the one…

Redemption and University of Kentucky Basketball

Not everyone understands University of Kentucky basketball.  More accurately, some people despise the team.  It’s the fans that draw most of the ire.  In an article published the week before the NCAA 2014 Final Four, Mac Engel of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram called UK fans “the single most obnoxious, self-congratulatory, priority-skewed fan base in a…