The Last Journey
The Angel Gabriel
has one last pickup to make before changing assignments. He takes the
reader back to the old neighborhood and finds his passenger—an
Old Man waiting in the park with his baseball glove, watching the kids
jump off the swings.
Lost and Found
After her death,
I journey back to my mother’s apartment in the old neighborhood
to clean out her things. The physical elements of the neighborhood (e.g.
the holes in the park fence, the kids on the stoop, the old five and
dime, etc.) kindle in me remembrances of my mother’s life. I discover,
among her treasures, my old toy box—my life laid out before me
Raising the Bar
Just like my hero,
Davey Crockett, I aspire to be a hero to my kindergarten teacher. But,
in my attempt, things go terribly wrong.
· Mi Amor
How do I get up the
courage to tell a beautiful little girl with marble brown eyes that
I love her and want to marry her?
Away from the rules
of school and Ma’s sharp eyes, my friends and I enjoy the freedom
of the park. I’m presented with a challenge though, which I accept.
Bilby and the Bridge of Sorrows
The workings of a
Catholic grammar school, how to survive, and what happens once you fall
into trouble, constitute the backdrop for this story.
Twisted Minds, Impure Thoughts
Mind games unfold
between my grade school teacher, Brother Leo, and myself. Although I
win a skirmish, I lose the war.
A surprising occurrence
during the sacrament of Penance turns a routine Thursday upside down
at St. Paul’s.
The men’s club
meets on Saturday mornings in the corner garage, and I’m allowed
to enter. The Sheik, the neighborhood barber, reveals some interesting
tidbits about Da.
Ma has a different
side to her as she teaches me how to roller-skate in the park. Her fascination
with roller derby leads to a memorable evening for my friends and me.
I discover courage
is hard to come by as we deal with the neighborhood bully. I also learn
nobody is always as bad as they seem.
Tigers and Wolves
The eventual confrontation
of good against evil, weak against strong, arrives by way of the big
A man reflects on
his life, and where it all started, as he spends time in his old park.