Monthly Archives: October 2014

Day 31 — The First Man in My Life – The Final Chapter — 40 Days of Writing, Fall Session 2014

“Kelly, you need to report to the office,” Mr. Cronin, my 7th grade History teacher instructed me after a student aide arrived with a note and handed it to him. “Gather your things,” he added solemnly. Puzzled, I got up … Continue reading

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Day 30 — The First Man in My Life – Part 7 — 40 Days of Writing, Fall Session 2014

I am glad to say that I rarely ever saw my father intoxicated after Brian was born; but by then something else had taken over Dad’s physiological being in the form of what we used to call “blackouts.” The slightest … Continue reading

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Day 29 — The First Man in My Life – Part 6 — 40 Days of Writing, Fall Session 2014

If there is one thing my parents and older brother had in common it was a huge lack of patience. I’m sure I was lacking some myself back when I was a child, but from my perspective it was very … Continue reading

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Day 28 — The First Man in My Life – Part 5 — 40 Days of Writing, Fall Session 2014

“Mom, are you pregnant?,” I asked her one night as I was getting ready to drift off to sleep. I was nine years old. She was walking by my bedroom door in what seemed to be a maternity top. She … Continue reading

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Day 27 — The First Man in My Life – Part 4 — 40 Days of Writing, Fall Session 2014

Roy Hendrix, about age 15 To a swell kid who likes to come to school everyday, and lots of luck in the future. — Ken Cross “50” Lots of luck to a cute guy, but what a flirt. — Glenna … Continue reading

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Day 26 — The First Man in My Life – Part 3 — 40 Days of Writing, Fall Session 2014

Me and my dad, sitting at the bar at Jay’s Harbor, Antioch, CA, 1965 I wasn’t very old before realizing that my father had a problem with alcohol. Drunkenness can seem very different from a child’s perspective. I thought my … Continue reading

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Day 25 — Pizza Night — 40 Days of Writing, Fall Session 2014

Once in a blue moon I get the urge to make homemade pizza. It’s even more fun when we have a few people over. My friend Gwen — a master at homemade dough — had a dinner party with about … Continue reading

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