Tempting Fate (YeahWrite Super Challenge #15 Nonfiction Contest – Final Round Entry)

Traffic was sparse; we were making great time. “What an easy drive!” Naively, I didn’t realize uttering those words meant I was tempting fate. *** We were past the trip’s halfway mark. The windshield wipers kept time, although the music blaring from the stereo effectively drowned out their rhythmic swishing. “What time will we get … Continue reading Tempting Fate (YeahWrite Super Challenge #15 Nonfiction Contest – Final Round Entry)

Rising to the Challenge (YeahWrite Super Challenge #15 – Nonfiction Contest Entry)

It’s nearly over. I hold onto this thought and will myself to breathe. The clock on the wall seems too loud, its ticks and tocks competing with my racing heartbeat. My palms are sweaty even now, hours after I first entered this office. The man across from me, about my own age and balding, nods … Continue reading Rising to the Challenge (YeahWrite Super Challenge #15 – Nonfiction Contest Entry)

Finding Our Way (YeahWrite Super Challenge #13 Round 1 Entry)

A few weeks ago, I entered YeahWrite's quarterly writing contest - nonfiction this quarter. My task was to write a mostly-true personal essay in 1,000 or fewer words to the prompt "They told me so." In other words, I had to write an essay about a time when someone earned the right to say "I … Continue reading Finding Our Way (YeahWrite Super Challenge #13 Round 1 Entry)

How Did We Get to This Place?

  Dear Son: It feels like you started kindergarten about a year ago. Maybe two. Three years, tops. I remember a lot of things about that time in your life. I remember walking into your classroom with you on your “meet the teacher” night that first time, watching with pride as you greeted your teacher … Continue reading How Did We Get to This Place?