The ambulance driver knows my sister’s name. He’s come to her apartment a dozen times, summoned there by a 911 call placed by my sister or her emergency response company. The call button hangs around her neck like the creamy strand of pearls she used to wear to work.
Not long ago she accused the driver of stealing her prescription pain medicine from her purse when he took her to the hospital. She said she didn’t notice it was gone until after she returned home. She called the police. They’ve been to her apartment before, too.
read more:  The messy , personal side of health care
Publications include

"The Allure of the Altamaha," feature story for the Nature Conservancy Magazine, Summer 2012
Salon, four essays can be found through this link.
"My Father's Nature," Nature Conservancy Magazine, Summer 2010
"Sister Act," XX Files, Washington Post Magazine, February 1, 2009
"Forget Subprime, Loan Given to Loved One Can Haunt Longest," Atlanta Journal Constitution,July 2, 2009
"Health Care Now a Privilege?" Atlanta Journal Constitution, September 11, 2009
"The Messy, Personal Side of Health Care," Atlanta Journal Constitution, January 6, 2010
Life and the Seed, pine needle art, The Fertility Source, March 10, 2010


Commentaries on Georgia Public Radio
Fall in South Georgia, October 27, 2007
A Controlled Burn, April 23, 2008
Small Towns, September 22, 2008
My Garden and the Economy, October 9, 2008
Political Vandalism in Small Towns, November 1, 2008
The New Deep South, December 2, 2008
Walking in a Culture of Drivers, December 29, 2008
Staying Ahead of the Game, March 2, 2009
The Power of Music, Savannah Music Festival, April 2, 2009
Payback for Cutting Pines, May 4, 2009
Zombie Fire Ants, June 24, 2009
A Train Ride into the Recession, August 18, 2009 (thanks GPB listeners, I did make a mistake, it should have been trestle, not trellis)
In Support of Charter Schools, October 7, 2009

I am a regular contributor to Statesboro Magazine. 2012 and 2013 issues can be accessed here.

"Thap, Douse, & Stomp," Statesboro Magazine, May 2010
"Marriage & Gardening," Statesboro Magazine, March 2010
"Small Patches of Green," Statesboro Magazine, January 2009
"The Wolf at the Garden Gate," Statesboro Magazine, March 2009
"Healing Plants," Statesboro Magazine, May 2009
"What My Garden Taught Me," Statesboro Magazine, June 2009

Other publications include the Diversion, Parenting, Self, Good Food, The Roanoker, Roanoke Times & World News, and the Statesboro Herald.
The messy, personal side of health care
Atlanta Journal, Jan 5, 2010
One Man Show
a memoir

Knowing President Kennedy
(read at the Statesboro Write Place Writers' Workshop, 11.12)

I was with President John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.  read more:  Knowing President Kennedy

The Shah on Yuma Street

His royal highness, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, greeted me at the front door.  He was dressed in his royal uniform, his chest heavy with medals and sashes and official insignia. He held his arms straight and long at his sides, not stiffly as if he was angry or uncomfortable, but in a posture that was at once both formal and quite natural.
read more:  The Shah on Yuma Street