The magic Hallmark house

The magic Hallmark house

I have considered the house on the corner of Frances and Drew magical ever since my classmate Max lived there with his 17 brothers and sisters, his mother Marie, a professional softball player who pitched in the 1942 World Series Women’s Softball tournament and his dad Carl, who worked for the FBI under J. Edgar [...]

A hitched wagon and a bashful star

A hitched wagon and a bashful star

My friend Amanda likes to keep things low key. Reflexively kind, she operates under the Midwestern mantra that says see a problem, solve the problem and then move on. Last Monday evening, she noticed her 92-year old neighbor Armin outside pacing his yard in obvious distress. When she found out what had happened, Amanda offered [...]