Express yourself

When is it that we learn to quiet our laughter? What makes us embarrassed to allow others to see our enjoyment in life? I have a friend, and her laugh is big! Her boisterousness is shocking to those who don't know her; I love it. Maybe because I also like to laugh big. And I've … Continue reading Express yourself


The two-story building on the corner of our street has been empty for three years now. Except for at Halloween. Each fall, like magic, all sorts of terrifying and provocative costumes fill the once vacant storefront windows. Fake cobwebs replace real, and people flock there to find the just perfect outfit for their trick or … Continue reading Void

Watch What You Say

"Melissa, put your hand over your mouth and leave it there for 5 minutes." The giggling of my classmates did not help. My face aflame, I tried to make a joke out of the reprimand. I clapped my hand to my mouth, the sting rivaling the verbal slap I'd just received from the teacher. It … Continue reading Watch What You Say