Post #19.8, Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Historical setting: At the family graveyard — 584 C.E.          At this waking fresh light floods all around as Ezra and a younger man are at work taking down the low arch of reeds that is this sepulcher. This younger man must be my grandson Daniel. Here he is grown to be the powerful youngContinue reading “Post #19.8, Tuesday, April 20, 2021”

Post #5.6, Thursday, February 13, 2020

Historical Setting, 562 C.E.          At my last leaving, I was near death, so I went with a great purpose that these children could live. But now it is different. I’m not the useful and needed person among them so I’m wandering off to Tours that I may not be like the guy in theContinue reading “Post #5.6, Thursday, February 13, 2020”

Post #4.14, Thursday, January 30, 2020

Historical Setting, 562 C.E. Gaul “Colleta, tie on your cape; We will walk in this winter’s sunshine. We can just go down the lane but I need to have a personal chat with you. Eve came with me to watch the children so we can talk.”          Eve says nothing. Probably her teary eyes leadContinue reading “Post #4.14, Thursday, January 30, 2020”

Post #4.10, Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Historical Setting, 562 C.E. Gaul          Ezra tells me the story of what really happened on that night when Jesse came for Eve. “You should know that Jesse’s wife’s family are shouting close neighbors to the sisters of Colleta. Her cousin Jesse told us what happened that night before. At both houses they heard himContinue reading “Post #4.10, Wednesday, January 22, 2020”

Post #4.7, Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Historical Setting, 562 C.E. Gaul          Blue sky, the bright of winter, syrup colors fuse surreal and today Colleta and Ezra returned from their journey bringing all varieties of news. Celeste leads Daniel in a welcome of shouts and cheers and tears and grabs as lean and lusty as a camel at first oasis. LittleContinue reading “Post #4.7, Wednesday, January 15, 2020”

Post #4.2, Thursday, January 2, 2020

Historical Setting, 562 C.E. Gaul “Papa, I’m okay. I’m feeling stronger already.”          Eve is pushing back the cover and pulling herself to sitting on the edge of the bed platform.          “I can send Ezra for the burial. I can stay here with you.”          I feel an urgency to send Ezra on.         Continue reading “Post #4.2, Thursday, January 2, 2020”

December Chapter, “Stories in the Dark”

Family is always the odds and ends of old friendships sometimes with precisely matched DNA and sometimes only a wide openness to one another’s ethnic tradition: Pagan, Roman, Republican, Islamic, Democrat, Orthodox, Zealot, Heretic …  The chasm of politics and the distances we hurdle to make this all work out so we can simply eatContinue reading “December Chapter, “Stories in the Dark””

Post #2.11, Wednesday, 11-27-2019

Historical Setting 561 C.E. Ezra’s telling me this story, but let me comment here. “I can imagine starting a marriage bringing home a sister-in-law who is the known ogre of village gossip. That would be a bit of a challenge for a new bride. I mean, you said your bride had to leave her ownContinue reading “Post #2.11, Wednesday, 11-27-2019”

Post #2.3, Thursday, 11-7-2019

Historical Setting: 561 CE, Gaul “Know I love you Eve. Know you are loved.”          I learned those rich and true words of a parent to child by listening for answers to my own gnarly and riled prayers. In times when I believe the world hates me I unfurl my ugly smudge of self toContinue reading “Post #2.3, Thursday, 11-7-2019”