loose associations

Category: prose

Speaking of Dreams

Imagine a campus composed of three small, rectangular, three-story glass buildings, each facing a different direction and located some distance from the other two. Between them are well-manicured lawns with concrete walkways meandering…

profound changes

My car died a dramatic death last Saturday. I was driving on a beautiful spring day with the top down. Elizabeth was in the passenger seat. We were going to get my hair…

Car Trouble

My car has this cool feature: you can simultaneously close or open all the windows from outside the car by holding the key in the lock or unlock position. Approach the car on…

Literature/Writing 141

A collection of pieces from a 1991 writing course. …Rely on Them, modern miracles University Haze, smog as a metaphor Be Careful What You Wish For, beware adult-envy Specialization is for Insects, my…

Petrichor

“Petrichor” is the smell produced by the first rain on dry ground. It is a wonderful word as well as one of my favorite scents. We just had a couple of weeks of…

Short Shorts

One of my favorite college writing workshops was focused on “short short” stories, exercises in very short fiction. I ran across an archive from a 1990 course. No great literature, here, but perhaps…

a random act of kindness

I had a bad day today. A bad day on top of a monumentally stressful week that included the loss of an old friend to a tragic illness and the loss of a…