birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

Making a Path

There is a price to pay for always laying out the important stuff in full view, till everything is important and the path ahead is hidden.

White wadded kleenexes pop up like paper whites across the dining table – a bouquet to my phobia of wastefulness. Stacks of index cards, upright, filed in the long catalog box, and piled in 52-pickup formation to my left, snowy terraces of scribbles to put away some day when I no longer need them. Till then, they do double duty supporting another item on my to-do list, a black binder of government land records and a new copy of my favorite Glen Campbell CD that has nothing to do with the rest of this mess except that the songs are like my own breath, preventative medicine. Every paper, page, card, and sheet waves for me to "come this way" off the trail, and yet also is another milestone marking the way across the vast prairie ahead of emotion and idea, a way through the uncharted landscape.

Height and Weight

Curly Girl