A Tale of Two Artists

“To Mom and Dad, somehow you ended up with one artist and one writer and you never told either of us to “Go get real jobs.”Life Reconstructed Acknowledgments Page My brother is an artist. He creates things that are crazy detailed and beautiful. There are bull sculptures covered in gold leaf in some glitzy steakhouses…… Continue reading A Tale of Two Artists

The Sound of a Name

She didn’t know it was him. Not until he said, “Mary.” She was looking for Jesus’ body after arriving to find an empty tomb, when Jesus himself asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” But she didn’t recognize him until he spoke her name. There is something intimate…… Continue reading The Sound of a Name

Of Cancer and Little Boys

Up the ladder On the loft She snuggles in with her boy Her hand on his small back Memorizing the little bumps of his spine That mole on his shoulder The silk of his hair Scratching his back until his rhythmic breath Informs her of sleep. There is only this moment. Only she and her…… Continue reading Of Cancer and Little Boys

To the 2020 and 2021 Senior Mamas

I cried on and off for 8+ hours the day our governor announced that spring sports in Iowa were cancelled. By the time I went to bed, my eyes were burning. My nose was raw from blowing and wiping it. And I’m pretty sure there was a little guy with a hammer in my head…… Continue reading To the 2020 and 2021 Senior Mamas