Wind Point, Raciine

Squirrel

“Glen, why is your window open?!” It was a fair question, considering we were on the school bus en route to Horlick High School in Racine, Wisconsin, and it was about ten below zero outside. A few moments later, my face red with shame, a tear of humiliation freezing on my cheek, I thought of…

Table For Eight

As I approached the maitre d’, I glanced over my shoulder at my friend Chris. “What name did you make the reservation under?” Chris strode toward me, Tom Cruise handsome, James Bond confident. His hands were thrust into the pockets of his elegant, black wool coat, his cashmere scarf swinging. “I thought you made the reservation.”…

Where Is My Mother?!

Parting: Are You My Mother?

Act I: Racine, Scene 21: Parting Exterior, bright, bitter cold (-5F), 7:45 am, Thursday, February 12, 1981. Hotel vestibule in downtown Racine, Wisconsin. Glen, age 16, and his mother Rita stand in the vestibule in heavy parkas, waiting in awkward silence. Rita:       Can you give me Lori’s phone number? I may want to talk to…

Where Is My Mother?

“Act II: Greece” It was 2012, I was 47 years old and I was writing what I call a “therapeutic memoir.” I had known for a while that writing it was necessary. I had to take one more close look at all the painful stuff of growing up, having ignored it for several decades. I…