Back Rub

In preparation for nursing school, I was a nurse’s aide at St. Francis Hospital in 1969-1971. We had rules, lots of rules. It was a time of very stringent delineation of roles, each with its own strict uniform. Aides were always clad in flesh-colored panty hose and white leather shoes. We donned white short sleeved … [Read more…]

Why Swing Sets?

The action of rocking back and forth, the push and pull, the holding on and letting go are elements that excite and comfort me. Swing sets are a terrific reminder prompting many of the tales I want to share. The movement within a small space can reveal union, relationships, dreams and possibilities. I treasure and … [Read more…]

Litany of Firsts

Firstborn, first girl, first word, step First grade, first fears, embarrassment First boyfriend, first kiss, first lie, first rejection. First office of leadership and first creative writing class in eighth grade First garter belt and nylon stockings First bra, first period, French kiss and stuffing one’s brassiere First eyeliner-harsh black paint stroked along lids newly … [Read more…]