• Five Minute Friday

    Five Minute Friday

    Today I’m joining a talented group of writers at Five Minute Friday. This community connects each Friday in an online,¬†unedited¬†free-write based on a one-word prompt. My timer is set for 5 minutes. Let’s see where this week’s prompt–BUILD–leads me. It was in the spring of 2016 when she came to me. I sensed she was troubled and needed to talk. We had spent time together teaching Sunday School classes, and she served as a deacon in our church. In January of the same year, I had fallen. My injuries had left me with chronic pain in my back and pelvis. I was finding myself increasingly in need of someone to…

  • A Day in the Life,  Creative Nonfiction,  Memoir

    A Day in the Life | Retirement 2006 (Episode #3)

    Continuing with creative nonfiction shorts in my series, A Day in the Life. Retirement 2006 Recent events involving the family of my former managing attorney brought back many memories of my almost 15 years spent working with him and watching his family grow. At the same time, I was treated to casual reminiscences with other attorneys and their wives I came to know while working at the firm. Prior to retirement, I was given sage advice by a brother-in-law. He cautioned, “When you retire, walk away not expecting friendships to continue. Some may. Some will. Many won’t. Don’t be surprised. After all, the friendships made on the job have an essential focal…