Red twists sing baby powder


My husband and I went to the movies the other night. He bought a pack of red twists and tore it open. I haven't smelled the candy in years and was instantly transported to junior high, when I went on a summer camping trip with a friend. We lay around the camper for a week, eating boxes of … [Read more...]

Twenty year old blue carpet

I walked into a university classroom about five minutes early for a public lecture. I found a seat in the back and plunked down into a creaky armchair. The room was nearly full of students, many of whom had removed their shoes and were wiggling their toes into the well-worn speckled blue carpet. I … [Read more...]

Gummy worm breath

I meet an 8-year-old girl today in her school classroom. As we chat about the sparkly stickers on her shirt, I can't help but notice her breath. It's awful. Smells like she'd eaten something resembling a snicker's bar for dinner and gummy candy for breakfast, without brushing her teeth in between. … [Read more...]