7 Tips for a Spooktacular DIY Halloween Village

In Florida, you can't trust the weather to let you know when it's fall. The calendar says that the autumnal equinox has passed, but the thermometer is still ordering up pina coladas and scheduling beach days. In such dire circumstances, I am left with no choice but to grab a pumpkin beer (Fat Tire's Pumpkick is my fave this year) turn the A/C down low, and just pretend like leaves are falling (instead of wilting). Truth be told, I've been itching to put my Halloween decorations up since Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, work has been so busy it kept my desires for … [Read more...]

9/11: What We Have Forgotten

I hate the "Never Forget!" rally cry of 9/11 ...because sometimes I wish I could forget. I wish I didn't know what it sounds like when a commercial airliner hits a skyscraper. Or the noise a falling body makes when it hits a roof. I wish I couldn't still see the glowing screen on my 13" TV as I lay in bed that night, watching Dan Rather's grim face tell me that the world I woke up to that morning didn't exist anymore. Even now, fifteen years later, I could take you back to my high school and plant your feet on the same spot in the second to last row of the science lab where I was standing … [Read more...]

Baptized into a Southern Summer

Even now, more than a decade after we said goodbye, she still finds me and takes me home. It always happens in an unexpected place, at an unexpected moment, but in the instant her ghostly fingers graze my heart, I willfully close my eyes and follow her to happier times. Most recently, she found me in the staircase of a friend’s beach house. Something about the scent of cedar planks and mildew brought her to me (or me to her) and like a portal opening to another world, I let my present surroundings fall away and opened my eyes to a memory. Orange clay clings to the soles of my bare … [Read more...]