Category: Book excerpt

The Afterlife, A Book Excerpt

Excerpt from Parentheses, A Memoir by Fredrick Swan “Journal entry: October 15, 2013 Late Saturday. Art show at People’s Gallery tonight. Colder mornings but still warm enough to sit outside in the afternoon. In...

Finding Closure With Parents · Excerpt

Chapter 13  The Facts of Life · from a memoir by Fredrick Swan My son Joel told me, “Mom acted so calm, but I knew that she was tired — probably afraid like the rest of...

Who Are We Now?

  Excerpt from, Parentheses, a book by Fredrick Swan Journal entry, January 20, 2011 10:30 pm Lucky is asleep by the fireplace. Do dogs dream? He’s lying on his side and he’s running, his...

Pirates and Vodka In A Teacup

Excerpt From A Book By Fredrick Swan ”My maternal great-grandfather, Charles Stewart Blood, was identified by my grandmother as an Englishman. When my grandmother mentioned Charles Stewart Blood, she stated his name in its...

Dioramas

Excerpt from, Parentheses, a book by Fredrick Swan “Like many people who are alcoholics, my stepfather, Dale, was a generous and attentive man when he was not drinking. Like many children of such parents,...

Fowl Experience · An Excerpt

Excerpt from Parentheses by Fredrick Swan Journal entry: May 3, 1989 We tried punting today. It looked easy enough. One person uses a paddle. The other stands near the rear of the flat-bottomed boat...

The Hedgerow

Except from Parentheses: A Memoir by Fredrick Swan “Kathy was extremely tired after we arrived home from the party that was held in Steve’s honor. It was near the end of August. It was...

Did You See Angels or Anything

Excerpt from Parentheses by Fredrick Swan “I can tell the question is coming by the sudden and unique interplay of a person’s body movement with their affect, the prerequisite physical changes that precede the...