December 20, 2019

Scene: Will's law office. Amy Ray is at the reception desk. Enter Harper. 

HARPER: Hey, Amy Ray. Is Will in? 

AMY RAY: Yes ma'am. He's expecting you - go right in. 

Harper goes through the door to the inner office, where Will sits behind a desk. 

WILL: Good morning, Sissy....

December 17, 2019

Scene: The book store. Harper is putting new books on display around a table Christmas tree. Menetre is baking behind the coffee shop counter. Christmas carols play overhead.  

HARPER: So, Mama, help me understand what it is you plan to do in your "retirement." 


December 5, 2019

Scene: Black Friday evening. Harper and Alex are wrapping gifts in Menetre's home. 

ALEX: So what is this thing tonight? 

HARPER: It's the Christmas tree lighting in the Town Square. It's tradition. 

ALEX: Oh, like the national tree lighting on the mall. 

HARPER: Well, les...

December 3, 2019

Act One is here

Scene: Harper, Alex, Will, and Amy Ray sit around Menetre's dinner table, which is set with Thanksgiving dinner. She enters with the turkey on a platter and sets it in the center in front of Will. He begins to carve. 

ALEX: Everything looks delicious, M...

November 29, 2019

SCENE: Washington DC condo. Two young professionals are packing. 

HARPER (thumbing through her closet): How the hell is anyone supposed to get into the spirit of the season when it's 80 degrees outside?

ALEX: Oh, come's just Thanksgiving. We'll be back in D....

November 9, 2019

On my birthday, we saw Dear Evan Hansen as part of our Saenger Theater season. (It wasn't actually at the Saenger because the Saenger is on lock down due to the building that collapsed in the CBD. So they re-lo'ed us to the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Which is fine. MJT h...

November 2, 2019

It's only natural, I think, that one begins to reflect as they near another birthday at my age. We think about our ups and downs, of the last  year, and then going back further. 

We all have lows in our lives. For some, those lows can be very dark. Some of us are s...

October 21, 2019

Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian were more charming than us. Gulfport was more commercial. Biloxi did more tourist trade. We were a small, kind of nondescript coastal town that you might not notice if you didn't know we were there. 

This is my town. 


September 5, 2019

My town recently changed its curb-side recycling program. When we bought this house, the previous owner was kind enough to leave the original flyer from when the program was initiated on the side of the fridge. It had a handy chart of items that were (milk cartons) and...

August 3, 2019

I am the least physically active person you ever will meet, and I blame Mr. Fiddler. 

Mr. Fiddler was my elementary school PE teacher for first through fifth grades. Now, I was a tiny child. I have always been short for my age, and I was tiny. There were other small gir...

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