You gave me the greatest gift of my life. My son. And here it is, nearly 40 years later, and I barely remember your smile. Our time together was so elusive, so temporary, yet permanently etched in my life. Your son, my son: your gift to me. And now our son has sons of his Read More →

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Flannery O’Connor has come up as a topic of conversation a few times in the past few months. I was writing my husband’s eulogy and remembered the time he took me to her home in Savannah as a little side trip on our driving trip to Florida. It was just one of the many thoughtful Read More →

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Last Call, by Katherine Billings Palmer Her dad’s cell phone was tucked away in a drawer, untouched since his death six months earlier. Keeping his account open was a waste of money, but cancelling it would mean he was really gone. Time to face reality and cut the cord. Kate logged onto her account at the Read More →

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The Batmobile by Katherine Billings Palmer I was a nervous child of a nervous mother, not a good combination. From my earliest memory, I worried, and there was so much fodder for my angst. What if my dog ran away? What if the teacher called on me in school? What if my uncle got so drunk Read More →

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I was culling through old essays and found one I started but never finished about a friend’s mother who had inspired me as a young girl. A few months ago, when I had my hours slashed at work, it gave me more time to think about writing and more time to mull over things I wanted to say. Read More →

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