Cooking With Fire

What took place next is all because one man wanted a steak. I was perfectly content without a charcoal grill. I love to barbecue, but hate the cleanup. My husband really wanted one, insisting how much fun it’d be to grill outside during the nice weather. I was on the fence, but he insisted. I... Continue Reading →

Running for my Life: A Monster Dream

I'm able to remember so many vivid details of my dreams that it's just scary. This is one of those times. January 5, 2008 I was with this group of people and we were all scared. There was this evil monster that would come into the area where we were and we would all hide... Continue Reading →

I was just trying to plan my vacation!

(I've been going through my drafts and found this bit from 2013) Oh, yes. Mothers, Grandmothers-- It's all the same! My Grams is ninety-six years old, five foot nothing, with jet black hair. She's an incredible woman: kind, caring, nurturing, with a genuine warm personality and a huge heart. And... she’s always right. She always... Continue Reading →

Words on Paper

As featured in Splice Today Words on Paper When you’re gone, those stories go with you. During the 1980s, mom decided to return to pursuit of her lifelong dream of writing. She was a natural talent, too. During her teenage years she was active in social causes and engaged in a number of letter-writing campaigns. Later she’d write more letters, as well as musings... Continue Reading →

Chicken Soup

by Naomi Hersh Clackum, 1982 Archaeologists have made a new discovery on the site where Moses received the Commandments from God.  Buried deep in the rock, weathered by the ages, lies a petrified, oval-shaped receptacle containing a very small, but unmistakable dried up... ...matzo ball. This opens up stunning new theory that could change the... Continue Reading →

The Caretaker

By Naomi Hersh Clackum, 1981           Yessir! Ol’ Wally had been the caretaker at Fairview Cemetery for twenty years. Then one day he just up and disappeared without a trace. Some say he got a good scare workin’ 'round all them dead folks and just took a freight outta town one night, never t’be seen... Continue Reading →

A Eulogy For Mom

It was the first step in accepting that she was really gone. Delivered August 5, 2020 _____________________ "When I first volunteered to give mom’s eulogy, I thought “What in hell did I get myself into?” After all, I’m a writer, not a public speaker, and as outgoing as I am, I’m terrified speaking in front... Continue Reading →

An Advocate For Mom

Navigating the vicissitudes of the healthcare industry in 21st century America. As featured in Splice Today My sister Kim and I are mom’s healthcare advocates. Since a hip fracture and surgery five years ago, and a long recovery that changed her life forever, Kim and I have been on the forefront of mom’s care, advocating... Continue Reading →

The Homestead

(As featured in Splice Today) I never thought I’d wind up back here, where it all began 39 years ago. I was born and raised in the city. I had a lot of friends, played ball in the streets, went to the movies, had slumber parties on weekends. Everything we wanted was nearby, just a walk... Continue Reading →

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