The Witch’s Child, Wicked and Wonderful

Bedtime Stories Lilian Moore "Tell me a story," Says Witch's Child. "About the Beast So fierce and wild. About a ghost That shrieks and groans. A skeleton That rattles bones. About a Monster Crawly-creepy. Something nice To make me sleepy."     This is my mother's favorite poem. She seemed to recite it constantly when …

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In Fourth Grade I Wrote My Mother the Creepiest Letter

We've been through this, I was a weird kid. Sometimes I think to myself--man, I couldn't have been that weird. Surely I misremember the past to some degree. I mean, look at her, she's harmless. What's a penchant for horrific masks among friends? From the time I waffle-stomped dog shit down the bathroom drain, thereby …

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Flash Flooding Makes Trip to Lake Bomoseen a Little Damp

This Fourth of July weekend, my sister Alexa and our father headed up to Lake Bomoseen Vermont to celebrate the holiday with some extended family. I had made a solo road trip the previous weekend and was looking forward to getting back on the kayak. I called shotgun so I could have a little more …

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My Solo Road Trip to Vermont

This past weekend I embarked on a three-hour-road trip to Lake Bomoseen, Vermont. I left on Friday during rush hour from Springfield. Traffic was nuts leaving the city and still fairly congested as I passed through what I call "box store towns" (if you have a Walmart AND a Lowe's/Home Depot you live in a …

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What’s in a Name?

A-"double L"-Y-S-O-N, A-"double L"-Y-S-O-N, A-"double L"-Y-S-O-N. When I was young, my mother would sing the spelling of my name to me so I would know how to write it. A-"double L"-Y-S-O-N. I consider Allyson the misspelling of the name Alison, but hey, it was the '90s. Extra letters and the needless use of the letter Y were …

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A Day in the Life: Piercing My Conch

Hello friends! Welcome to another day in the life. If you're new, the way this works is that I'm not going to edit or over think what I'm trying to say--I get one shot to write it right. We're just here to hang out for a minute to review my day. It was a wonderful …

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