Author Archives: RainGod

The House On Wetherwood Street

My fourth ex-wife recently sold the house we lived in on Wetherwood Street and moved to Savannah. For her, this simple act was a triumph. She was able to sell it because our divorce had gotten rid of me and … Continue reading

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When Halloween Was A Homemade Holiday Just For Kids

I remember a time when no one thought of Halloween until at least a week after Columbus Day. As the Pinta, Nina and the Santa Maria vanished from classroom walls, the orange, black and yellow construction paper rose to the … Continue reading

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The Rising Man

The massacre that tore its way into the steel heart of Manhattan, into the fortress Pentagon, and into a broad meadow in Pennsylvania—savagely ending the lives of two thousand nine hundred seventy seven innocents in agonizing moments of hellish terror … Continue reading

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When Labor Day Celebrated Summer

I remember a time when summer was so loved in American culture that it was not ruled by The All Mighty School Year. The start of summer was simple: as soon as it was still light after supper, it was … Continue reading

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The Outside Half Of Divorce

You know the drill: she wants you out of the house and you don’t have a chance in court. Courts don’t put the wife out of the house–the husband always goes curbside. The problem is, his kids are still inside … Continue reading

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When Father’s Day Meant Wearing A Rose

I remember when Father’s Day was a more sober day, a day when spouses and children considered the gift their fathers had given them in shaping their lives for the best. To express appreciation for a moral duty successfully and … Continue reading

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When Moms Did Not Need Claws

I am old enough to remember a time in American society when there was no question about what it meant to be a mother and no one would have been foolish enough to read a book on parenting. Being a … Continue reading

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When Christmas Had Spirit

I remember a sparkling time that used to exist in American society when I was a boy but disappeared when I went to war. This time of spirit began about two weeks after Thanksgiving. A holly wreath would suddenly appear … Continue reading

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When Thanksgiving Meant Belonging

I remember a delicious time of the year that existed when I was a boy but vanished from American society while I was at war. That special time began when crook-toothed Jack-o-lanterns were removed from doorsteps and the woods and … Continue reading

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If My Mother Had Loved Me: A Son Considers

My mother died on Christmas Eve many years ago. I sometimes think of her on Mothers Day, but not in the usual way. I wonder how my life might have been different if my mother had actually loved me. She … Continue reading

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