Midwest Ocean

River

When the vinyl seats squeak under the weight of your wet feet. When the towels smell like a mid-July cocktail of sunscreen and bug spray. When the speakers pulse with Rascal Flatts and Jimmy Buffet and long-awaited playlists. When the cold shocks your back end as you hang off the boat to pee. When the […]

And/Both

Keep Exploring

I’ve been mentally refining a metaphor-in-progress for days now, sifting for diamonds in the sand, and as I stand in the shower, hot water washing away the excess, my word hunt gives way to larger pursuits. Visions of a master’s degree in creative writing and hard-sought national publication light up my brain like fireworks in […]

Summer Capsule

Shoes

First things first: This is not a fashion blog. It never has been and never will be because anyone who knows me will tell you I’m not a fashionista. (Once in college I dressed myself in yellow sweatpants, a yellow coat, and bright yellow sneakers and didn’t notice until I was already halfway to class. […]

Summer Syllabus

Sunglasses

It seems my unrealistic anticipation of three “workless” months has arrived right on schedule, bearing with it the usual plethora of lofty summer goals. So many things to accomplish! So much sunshiny time to accomplish them! Somebody fetch me my magical unicorn so I can get started! Fellow teachers, you know what I mean. June, […]