Perfect Attendant

We both like their music. When tickets were available at a location we could reach, we bought them. Stockton and I were finally going to see talented Daryl Hall and John Oates play live. On the day of the concert, two friends, Stockton, and I piled in the car and drove to the fairgrounds. We…

Neighborhood Jams

Staying within our budget doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. We watch for things in and near Mayberry that could be interesting and this week we hit a late summer jackpot. There’s an old–but still in use–camp meeting ground nearby. When the warm season arrives, its still standing Victorian hotel hosts events like lectures and…

How I Saw My Language Change

Language is my family‘s industry. My dad taught reading to middleschoolers and my mom was a speech therapist. My sister works in education and you know how I like to write. When I come across books like Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper or Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide…

Work in Progress

Nothing is forever. Change is inevitable. Businesses fail. People retire. People move. My office is closing. Over the years, I got used to the low stairwell ceiling and the faulty plumbing of this old bank building. The ding-dong of the door chime when someone stood before the entryway. The mannerisms of people who visited more…

4 Ways Living with Vision Loss is Like Summer Camp {Vintage Post}

Crackling camp fires and wayward hikes. Tipped canoes in placid lakes. Simple cabins in the woods. Watching campers on TV in the 1980s, I wanted to sign up alongside Hayley Mills in The Parent Trap. A camp job in college taught me devious teens and relentless heat can be interesting and exhausting when you’re in…