My dad was mowing strangers' lawns on the day that he died. He woke before sunrise - the habit of a blue collar lifetime - with his schedule for the day…
Some of my regulars, the couple with early dementia, have a crime fiction and thriller library of frankly mind-boggling size. It’s larger than some…
Well, this is going to be awkward. In the last few weeks I’ve had a number of people unsubscribe from this newsletter. The ones who have left a comment…
"I just accepted that as a part of my life, accepted that forever I would always be a little in the place that I was not.." Spalding Gray
TW: domestic abuse Even if you are not regularly on social media it will have been difficult avoid hearing about the Depp/Heard defamation hearing…
When I met them they seemed like any other couple enjoying retirement. A modest 3/2 bungalow tucked away in a sunny spot on the edge of high desert and…
So I was not entirely truthful when I said we threw out or burned everything from inside of Dad’s house, because there was one thing. It’s the box. Back…
Hardly a day goes by when the news is not up in arms over some aspect of “cancel culture”. But in my lifetime, the greatest sea change in what was and…
Standing at the door before a client answers is a feeling so much like sex work outcalls that it catches me by surprise sometimes. Knowing that you are…
Doing turnovers - the cleaning that happens in between successive guests - for an Airbnb is like app Inception. The owners wait for guests to make…
Content Warning: graphic descriptions of death and decomposition It was a while before my father’s body was found. His girlfriend was out of town, his…
This is another part where I have to admit I’m bad at telling a chronological story. So, the first time I went to Florida after Dad died, we got a…