Garden Road Catfish

Another birthday has passed, and my almost seven-year-old son Grant informed me that now I am old. This is the same boy who helps...

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 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 Ghosts

Sept. 29, 2018 was my parents’ 50th anniversary. The fact my father is gone changes the event, of course, making it like celebrating the...

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 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 1-30-18

For several months now, I assumed someone had stolen the CD case from my car. It looks like a silver waffle iron. People almost...

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 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...
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