Tag Archives: being here

Life is not a dress rehearsal

During one of our recent cottage meetings, part of our conversation turned to the North Rose that exists only in memory: the drug store, a grocery, a bank, the movie house. No one mentioned the Knotty Pine Restaurant, the folks who came to eat there, the community networks that were maintained there, the town business […]


When I was in elementary school, at the beginning of every day’s class the teacher would call the roll. “Olivia Bigger,” she would say. And Olivia would answer, “Here.” And so on through the alphabet: “Clarence Crittenden.” “Present.” “Leanne Davidson.” “Here.” “Naston Manley.” “Here.” “Richard Neal.” . . . “Here.” But was I really there? […]