Garden Artist

My mother was an artist but she died before I was old enough to recognize that.  A primary location for her to practice her art was her garden.   She and Daddy had bought a bigger house and the vacant lot attached, so Mamie (what most people called my mother) decided...

“GET OUT”

Because I usually can’t get myself organized to go see movies in theaters, I’m often late to see important films.  So it has been with “GET OUT,” the important 2017 film directed by Jordan Peele.  I just watched it on DVD in the quiet of my own...

What If the Dog Really Did Eat the Homework?

When I began teaching at the University of Minnesota, I was in my late 20s and my students were often in their early 20s or late teens.  As one way of establishing myself as their “professor,” I set up strict deadlines for handing in papers.  Of course a...

Moment of Truth

It was an early and violent fall.  By mid-October, most leaves were down on lawns, in gutters, in the crooks of steps.  The night of the 22nd, a high wind blew and rain fell hard against my face and jacket.  I’d spent the evening at Karen’s apartment on...