Category: Essay

Hammerin’ Hank

January 22nd, 2021

I’ll always remember that evening in April, 1974.

My 26 Hank Aaron baseball cards, saved from when I was his biggest fan.

The text came in from my cousin, “RIP Hank Aaron.”

“Damn,” was all I could respond. Read More…

Beginnings and Endings

January 2nd, 2021

Arriving and departing, joy and sadness over 72 hours.

Judy Watson and her great-granddaughter Avery Yau.

Our sweet, sweet granddaughter entered our lives on Sunday night.  

Her great-grandmother — my wife’s mother — left us on Wednesday night. Read More…

A Perfect 10?

June 9th, 2020

Some chemo, a transplant, a few laughs

My doctor’s notes from this day, ten years ago.

My life ended ten years ago. But it’s okay; I got over it.

That morning, I guest-lectured in a friend’s class at MSU, had some pizza with her husband, played a quick round of golf with him, then at 3:30 pm, June 9th, 2010, my doctor dropped a death sentence on me.

His sentence was, “This is not a death sentence.” Read More…

A Funeral For A Friend’s Father

May 31st, 2020

Amidst all that’s going on in the world

Before the funeral, he is curled up in a little ball on his daughter’s bed. Outside, Saturday happens. Lawnmowers whine, trucks bang by; his subdivision is subdivided.

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