Garden Road 8-22-2017

  This summer has been a test of character. The fields crack from lack of rain, and stillborn cornstalk leaves that normally saturate August air...

Garden Road Submersion

My wife wants me to find the positive in the time change—not to dwell upon how those without sleep disorders, children, common sense or...

Garden Road to Cambria

Trees  stripped  of  leaves,  time  changed,  the  children  know  no  difference, Jasmine waking us at the  normal  hour  for  reasons  we cannot always remember...

Garden Road

The year turns again, just as in lost days when I waited in our farmhouse for the heater to kick on, less aware than...

Garden Road Shane Hill

The odd thing about pitching a nonfiction work to literary agents is I don’t need to write anything, yet. A stark contrast to shopping...

Garden Road 2-20-18

In Cambria, like Sewal now an unincorporated town, my class attended junior high. In first grade, we were bused to Allerton’s old high school....

Garden Road Zoo

When I was a boy, my Vietnam veteran father took us on one of our summer ‘vacations,’ which never stretched far beyond Des Moines...

Garden Road Art

I write this column in a notebook scribbled upon by my four-year-old daughter Jasmine. My wife Jennifer normally uses these yellow pages for her...

Garden Road 4-10-2018

Today, April 10, is my brother Grant’s birthday. He and my father watch over my children. I am certain, if someone is considering mistreating...

Garden Road 6-26-18

In his brown-and-white pickup, my father drove to town and bought me a can of grape soda pop from the Pester’s station. I drank...
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