Here’s the next excerpt from my memoir, a series I began with The Pit. I left off in Brook Part 2, with a shadow entering my field of vision. After that comes the chapter, “Courage Comes to You,” copied in full here, describing my four months in
The story of the blind men and the elephant regularly comes up in news analysis, such as when the author or presenter is claiming that someone’s perspective is too narrow. Few people know the end of the story as it seems it was originally told. I
My previous post described my first two years at a school in Sheffield called Brook. This new nine-page edited excerpt from my memoir, Spiral to Edinburgh, relates my last summer living in England. I was thirteen. The first section here is about
As my recent posts (beginning here) amply demonstrate, I didn’t take to Exhall Grange, the boarding school I attended when I was eleven. After the summer, I returned to school where my family lived in Sheffield. However, the partially sighted (P.S.)
I just read Martha McPhee’s story, “Magic City,” in which with no forewarning, a mother leaves her two young daughters on a train in the care of a group of nuns arriving at that moment in their railcar. It brought to mind my own sense of desertion my
Here is a third episode from my term at Exhall Grange, the boarding school I attended at the age of eleven in the spring of 1965. (For the previous two episodes, see “Beyond the Gate” and “Riding the Rails.”) Just as Exhall Grange was for P.S.