Tender Plants

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Surviving the second grade was the first major challenge of my young life. Specifically, I had to survive Sister Leona, the nun who turned my dislike for school into a consuming anxiety. She was cruel, and seemed to enjoy punishing and humiliating her class. We were often blamed for the death of the first grade nun who died during the previous summer break. She’d say, “You killed one nun, do you want to kill another?” I have to admit, that proposition was a little tempting at times. Continue reading

A Jake Tale

I was recently asked to tell a story about my son—this is one of my favorites:5250719086_8202928653_z

Jake and I had been wading the Kankakee River for smallmouth bass one afternoon, late in September. We had a great time together fishing and exploring the river we both treasured. Twilight was approaching and we decided to call it a day. Continue reading