Rug Rats and Bean Bags

Friends as Player Characters Fall 1978, my sophomore year at the Hammonasset School in Madison. Private school was beyond the means of my family, but scholarships and work-study brought it nearly within what my father…

Playpens and Proms

And What is Missing in Life My mother met Pam in junior high. By high school, they were good friends. Her senior year, my mom went to Norwich Free Academy because she wanted to pursue…

Untimely Enlistment

I Never Wanted to Go Never. Seems odd to say it now. I remember looking at the catalog, remember choosing my preference. I remember visiting the recruiter and going with the recruiter to Rhode Island…

Chello Oyster House

A Cast of Characters My mother had an interesting series of careers. She worked in insurance offices, sold furniture, did factory work, sold Avon, Tupperware, and Colonial Craft, and even spent several years processing returns…

Flaxen

Stepping Over the Line There were several months at the beginning of my junior year of high school when I had a friend. There was a new freshman in several of my classes who seemed…