When Grace Breaks Us

6-year-old Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and 11-year-old Abigail Robinson

  Grace is terrifying. It is the cast aside bloodied bandages of grave clothes. It is a tomb sealed off, so hot and stuffy that it takes your breath away.  It is despair, the ever-present shadow of death encroaching. It is the beggar’s desire for a drink of cool water receiving a sip of bitters [Read More...]

Remembering 9-11 with Miss Lillian

Lillian

  Lillian revisiting her memories of Marjorie I stopped by to see my friend Lillian Champion in Pine Mountain today. Lillian told me how much she wished I could spend 9-11 with her. There’s a concert at Callaway Gardens in memory of her daughter. Marjorie was killed in the attack on the Pentagon. With unabashed [Read More...]

Train Wrecked Lives

train tracks

The western sun eased into the Pacific Ocean shortly after 4:15 p.m. By the time I walked out of the newsroom at 5 p.m., the winter sky was cave dark. I called the house and told Tim that I wouldn’t be home for dinner. I had an interview with a family in Milton-Freewater. “Remember that [Read More...]


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