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Portrait of an Artist as a Single Dad – Reading

Oooo. A Tale of Two Cities. I've been meaning to read this since I saw the movie when I was a kid. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." Dad can you make me a grilled ... Read more »

Strangers Who Write Me

Today I got an email from a stranger. No not a spam email trying to sell me timeshares or a phishing email to help some poor Nigerian claim an inheritance, but a person who had read Andrea Mason's review of ... Read more »

Portrait of an Artist as a Single Dad – Powder Puff

Powder Puff Football I sit at the top of the stands alone, watching high school girls play flag football. Teens walk across and up and down bleachers confident their youth holds promise. Weary parents sit out their Wednesday night no lonelier than at home. Seniors huddle before ... Read more »

Portrait of an Artist as a Single Dad – Easter

Fake grass in baskets. A rainbow's assortment of colored eggs. Chocolate bunnies and chocolate eggs and chocolate kisses. Lots of chocolate latent with fertility. Peeps in their crusted sugary goodness, but keep in mind as Maddie found out that roasting ... Read more »

Portrait of an Artist as a Single Dad – Birth

April 11, 2000 In the darkened hospital a baby cries fresh cut from her mother. I, new father, whisper over the girl's fragile head. A blessing for her. "Oh me, Oh Life of the questions ever recurring." Walt Whitman old man with butterfly eyes. Old man who gave me ... Read more »

Portrait of an Artist as a Single Dad – Pencils

A great crash from Sophia's room. An avalanche like distant trees toppling in the shock wave ahead of a meteor. I know I should be more diligent or insistent or some other force implying word about the cluttered space known ... Read more »

Portrait of an Artist as a Single Dad – The Dark Hours

I knock on the door. Rap a tapping tap like some musty raven to wake Sophia so she can get ready and go to school. "Ugggg..." like the not quite so dead discovering she is on the wrong side of ... Read more »

Portrait of an Artist as a Single Dad – Sleep Overs

The incoming texts bleep both girls' phones. Heads down, thumbs dashing off messages. They both look up and ask, "Can we have sleepovers?" At first I am leery. The last multi-girl sleepover entailed me losing at least two years off ... Read more »

Portrait of an Artist as a Single Dad – Girls in the Kitchen

The pot's about to boil. It's about to billow steam. The first curls rise from the surface and beads of air cling to the sides of the pot. I am held in that moment where it is too early to ... Read more »

Portrait of an Artist as a Single Dad – Look at the Light!

I awoke. The light streamed slantwise through louvre style blinds across the double bed for one. Groggy and reaching for the iPhone, I knock over the wine glass. It falls and hits the carpet with the thump of a cat ... Read more »

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