Category Archives: Love

The stay-at-home boyfriend

I had this conversation with a friend today: “I write stories for a living. I don’t do poorly, but I can’t support two people. Well, when one of those people needs to go to Banana Republic, especially.” “I am never … Continue reading

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Animal husbandry

Many years ago, we had a pair of male geese, Ace and Gary, who only had eyes for each other. My mom later got a female in hopes of getting some goslings, but they chased her away. I guess we … Continue reading

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Mad Dog

I never knew my dad’s coworkers by their true names. Each railroader was assigned a handle based on his first and middle initials. My dad was Dog Shit. His best friend was Mad Dog. Dog Shit and Mad Dog were … Continue reading

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A message from my mother

“I dreamed Hank (the retired carnival mule my mom bought at a livestock auction when I was 10) got a girlfriend, then they got married. She was a smaller black and white mule. Her parents were real snobby and didn’t want her … Continue reading

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Contextual clues

Moritz the exchange student and I hit it off pretty quickly, but sometimes things got lost in translation. It isn’t that he didn’t speak “well English,” but occasionally his word choice was a little off. The following exchange occurred when … Continue reading

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A text message from my sister

“Kid in front of me at Walgreens is wearing a Hickman 2012 jacket and buying Sour Patch Kids, a Mountain Dew liter and condoms. Don’t spoil her, kid!”

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The foreign exchange student

Our high school always got a surprising number of foreign exchange students each year. It was a bad deal for them. When they got the news they were going to the United States, they were probably picturing New York City … Continue reading

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A conversation with a friend

“Men are just awful, aren’t they? “Yes.” “Let’s be spinsters. We’ll be like the Brontë sisters…” “No.” “… and just write awesome novels.” “No, no, no.” “But why don’t you want to be spinster authors?” “Because that sounds like giving … Continue reading

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Surprise!

“Boots and saddles, ladies!” That’s what our dad always said when he wanted us clothed, shod and ready to leave the house. “Where are we going?” I wanted to know. I was 7, and just learning to be the bossy … Continue reading

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A text message from my sister

“I slept super solid last night, as I didn’t hear Eli snoring. Then I realized I had slept with ear plugs in. That means at some point mid-slumber, I got so annoyed with his snoring that I put ear plugs … Continue reading

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