"Lure" in Persimmon Tree

Check out my flash essay, “Lure,” in the summer issue of Persimmon Tree.


Here’s the “AUTHOR’S COMMENT” to introduce the piece.

Once or twice a year, I make the 360-mile drive back to my hometown of Burlington, Iowa, to visit my father’s brother and his wife. Sitting in their living room with them is a remarkably comforting experience, since they’ve lived in the same house for at least 70 years, and all of the furniture is in the same place as it was when I was a small child. And yet, every time I visit them, I’m surprised by something I see or hear. Usually after I return home, I write a flash essay to capture and commemorate the experience. “Lure” is one of those essays.