Change in the time of COVID-19

Change in the time of COVID-19

Dogland Blog Surreal. Bizarre. Unprecedented. I’m not sure any of these words fully capture what’s happening right now. Perhaps that’s why I find myself with the musical Hamilton on my brain. Specifically, these lyrics: “The world turned upside down.” The last time I...
Of Infants, Toddlers, and Puppies

Of Infants, Toddlers, and Puppies

Dogland Blog I recently came face to face with some old memories. First, came the memories of my infant daughters’ unwillingness to nap. I went two for two in this category, as neither daughter deemed napping necessary for her wellbeing, or mine. Placed lovingly in...
A Belated Introduction To The New Man In My Life

A Belated Introduction To The New Man In My Life

Dogland Blog Meet Carson. He’s curious and stubborn. He wakes far too early for my liking. Five on the clock I’m okay with; four-thirty, no thank you. He’s demanding when he wants attention—he either emits a high-pitched whine or seeks out any non-toy he can...
The House that Emily Built

The House that Emily Built

Dogland Blog It would be her word against Johnny’s*. Again. Still, Deborah* dialed 9-1-1. She feared what Johnny might do next. He’d already burst into their bedroom screaming. He’d already grabbed her by the feet and dragged her off the bed paying no mind to her...
Coming soon: The House that Emily Built

Coming soon: The House that Emily Built

Dogland Blog October is Domestic Violence month. To raise awareness of this very important issue and of the powerful role pets play in the lives of many victims, I will be posting a story I began reporting a couple of years ago. It didn’t find the literary home...
Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

Dogland Blog As rivers crest and floodwaters recede following Hurricane Florence’s deadly dance through the Carolinas, residents are beginning to take stock of what’s left of their communities, their neighborhoods, their homes. They will hope that Florence...