I can’t be your grandbabymama

I think I can understand why you want a grandchild. After all, many years ago, you wanted a child. You could picture a baby crib filling the empty corner in the unused office overlooking the driveway. You flipped through magazines, furnishing the room with ideas. Then, finally, you were pregnant. You furnished the room for real, this time: crib, changing …

The comparison game

Once upon a time, when Pretty Much True was Homefront and published under my own name, I was talking with the guys on GI Radio and was reminded of one of the awkward – and difficult, really – aspects of sitting at home while someone you love is deployed. In your mind, you’re comparing hardships. And everyone knows who has …

Sure, we can kill off the people we don’t like. But it’s just as much fun to give everlasting life to those we like.

One day, when Ian and I still lived near Nashville, he needed a sudden favor  that involved my taking an impromptu trip to Fort Campbell, KY, about a 45-minute drive. I had an early copy of Pretty Much True I wanted to bring to the Clarksville cabstand dispatcher, known in the book as “Shellie.” (Her real name is Sheila. I …

The day my uncle met J.D. Salinger

My uncle, who I’ll call Harry, lives about twenty minutes from Cornish, NH.  He says a lot of famous people – oddly – come through the small town he lives in. I suppose it’s not a surprise that J.D. Salinger would, too, considering how close he live[d]. In the late ’80s, Harry was working for the motor vehicle department, and …

Books vs. eBooks

I understand the appeal of e-readers. Seriously. However, I have read only one full book using a Kindle (or Kindle app). That was because I wanted to read it NOW. When it comes to e-readers, I like the idea of the immediacy. And I can appreciate the volume of books they hold, the ease of moving them around. And I …

The nature of traumatic brain injuries

Originally published in the Journal Inquirer November 6, 2012. This is the second article in a two-part series about traumatic brain injuries. The first in the series was Marriage and traumatic brain injuries. By Kristen J. Tsetsi If there’s anything that can be said with certainty about traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, it’s that their different outcomes and issues make …