Tag: daily prompt


One thin bent line on a grassy green page Evidence of a golfer’s rage

Rabid Chickens

My memory of the wall is tinged with blue-green. A very pale blue-green, mind you. I honestly don’t know if it’s real, or hopelessly colored and skewed by more than half a century. I scoured old photographs this morning looking for it. Surely this… Continue Reading “Rabid Chickens”

V is for Vague and Vivid

Last night at dinner I asked my father to tell me the turtle story again. I had been a little surprised that my sister had never heard the story and wanted to make sure that I hadn’t imagined the whole thing. “Do you remember… Continue Reading “V is for Vague and Vivid”

U is for Untold Stories

I found this picture yesterday and showed it to my father. “Do you remember this man?” I asked. He shook his head. “No, I don’t think so,” he replied. “On the back it says, ‘Successful defibrillation and external massage’ — Does that help?” I… Continue Reading “U is for Untold Stories”

R is for Red Sox

When my father was in the Emergency Room the other day, I knew he was missing the Red Sox game so I brought it up on my phone. Through the Red Sox website, we couldn’t watch the game, but we could get details of… Continue Reading “R is for Red Sox”

Q is for Questions

My father asks questions all the time. “What does holy mackerel mean?” he frequently asks. One of his friends explained the origin of the phrase — eating fish during Lent, etc, etc — but the next day he asked the same question. And the… Continue Reading “Q is for Questions”

M is for Mentor

If I saw a theme in the birthday cards for my father sent or given to him by other doctors, it was the word “Mentor.” Over and over his fellow physicians thanked him for being their mentor. One doctor said that my father was… Continue Reading “M is for Mentor”

2018 Blogging from A to Z: About My Dad

Tomorrow the A to Z Blogging Challenge starts. I missed the deadline for the Theme Reveal and I’m pretty sure I signed up twice. It makes me wonder how this year’s challenge will go. Writing has been such a struggle lately. I can’t seem… Continue Reading “2018 Blogging from A to Z: About My Dad”

The Hate U Give

The paper fluttered out of my Bible one morning. I had written the following quote on it: You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know. William Wilberforce William Wilberforce spoke those words to… Continue Reading “The Hate U Give”

Celebrate 88

“This is such a great idea,” any number of people said the other day when we hosted a birthday party for my father at the Otesaga. Not to be morbid, but the idea came from receiving lines at funerals. When my oldest brother died… Continue Reading “Celebrate 88”