The Ferris Wheel – Flash Fiction

  I sat wedged between Mama and Ray. My feet dangled. We’d come to Virginia Beach like a family. It was nighttime, and carnival lights pulled me in. “Can we ride?” Three tickets later, we soared in a salty wind. Happy people laughed and screamed. City lights were our magic carpet. The carriage stopped at … Read more

Hurricane Sandy: M Dawn Reports

When Hurricane Sandy hit the Caribbean we hardly noticed. She was just a blip on the world radar, a ten second blurb on the evening news. She was a tropical storm then, meandering up the coast, traveling at a mere thirteen miles per hour. Late last week, our newscaster pulled us in to look at … Read more

Custard Pies and Family Reunions

Egg custard pie was my favorite. Mama stood in the kitchen, Grandma Payne’s recipe card propped at eye level in the window, the green glass mixing bowl in front of her, as she combined milk, eggs, sugar, nutmeg, and vanilla. She whisked the mixture and poured it into the unbaked pie shells resting on the … Read more

Ticking Clocks

The first collapse came well after dark. I sat straight up in bed, jolted awake by a tremor under me. I reached for my cell phone and pushed the center button. It was 12:18 a.m. I slid out of bed, not bothering to put on my glasses. I’d left the bedroom door ajar just in … Read more

Summer Memories – Family Reunion

In our ongoing collection of Summer Memories, M Dawn takes us on a journey to a special place and time. …   Summer Family Reunion M Dawn Thacker   My grandmother cooked the best fried chicken, baked beans, and candied yams. Her potato salad put others’ to shame and her country ham biscuits disappeared from … Read more

Happy Mothers Day

That time again—wow the year has been a blur for moms out there. Hey Ma, can you lend me ten bucks to get you a present? Thanks, you’re the greatest! From the children of mothers at ReadThisPlease to those in our society who spring forth life and love, a few tales and anecdotes just about … Read more

Bring Your Camera

    “Come with me to deliver this load of mulch,” Bruce said last night after supper. I never know what our trips will bring. He doesn’t usually ask me along; so I know when he does invite me, there’s something he wants me to see. “Bring your camera,” he added as I walked toward … Read more

Grandma’s Lilacs

  I. THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. Winter kept us warm, covering Earth in forgetful snow, feeding A little life with dried tubers. –T. S. Eliot   I round the corner of my house … Read more

“I’m Sorry”

  With my tax documents on the front seat of the CRV this morning, I drove to town. Mrs. Gordon was waiting for me at her apartment complex north of the city. She’s an elderly lady who retired from GE years ago, but prepares taxes to supplement her Social Security.  I hate the main drag … Read more

My Groovy Girl – Naming the Larsen Shark

Harder than Naming a Baby My decal man finally worked me into his schedule. It’s only been five months since we received the title and registration to the boat in the mail. That’s when it became legal. That’s when we became real owners of the 1971 Larsen Shark. We’d spent an entire summer attempting to … Read more

Comfort Food – Scalloped Potatoes

  Margaret Dawn! What have you gotten yourself into this time? Well, let’s see, today, it’s my Mama’s scalloped potatoes. I’ve never made them because for every family function, my boys ask their Maw-Maw to bring hers. And, hers are the best, a 13”x9” baking dish layered with sliced potatoes, onion, and sharp cheddar cheese, … Read more

Margaret Dawn! What have you gotten yourself into this time?

March 07 2012 – 12:40 EST Chincoteague – Top ReadThisPlease editorial executives discuss writing asset, M Dawn Thacker, in an impromptu phone call. Transcript as memory serves… “Hey.” “I wanted to ask you, M Dawn? Different angle, yes?” “Easier sell than most. Easy because she’s generalized. Trending towards simpler, my friend. She’s got the content, … Read more

Through a Screen

  Thanks guys. I loved the pic of the little bird with the screen, so I copied the idea! (oso was that your pic?) anyway. the little house is what used to sit at the front door of the nursing home. When the building was started, the little ‘cottage’ was moved to the back of … Read more

The Lure of Chicken Wire

Have you ever fallen in love with a piece of furniture? Out of the blue, just looked at it and said, “Oh my gosh, I have to have that dresser,” or “that’s the prettiest blanket chest I’ve ever laid eyes on,”  or “I can’t imagine sleeping under any other headboard but that one?”  Well it … Read more