The songs of summer

The songs of summer

My favorite sounds are the simple ones -- an old porch swing's slow creak, a robin's busy chirp, a warm breeze's whisper through tall grass, a ball's crack against a metal bat, a friend's deep belly laugh, a happy child's splash into the pool, a wave's steady lap against the sandy shore. These are the [...]

The shape of water

The shape of water

Yesterday, I called my mom to make alternative plans for our evening swimming date. “What? We’ll be fine,” she said. I glanced back at my cell phone and confirmed that the temperature outside read 58 degrees. “It’s a little chilly, don’t you think?” I said. “Listen, I’m going for my morning swim. If it’s too [...]