CJ Woods III’s Story Archive

Other People’s Children

On a recent trip to my “washateria,” a four year-old boy was gamboling about the aisles, roaming from the arcade machines to the folding tables. His mother circled through, occasionally crossing paths with her child as she unloaded washers and loaded dryers. The boy was a bright and happy sound … Read More

Fritzy, The Cat

By some mechanism that I cannot remember activating, I became a member of a neighborhood page, one that is named for my neighborhood. Judging from the posts, the page describes a place that I don’t recognize, though I live in it. It is a neighborhood foreign to me, filled with … Read More

A Call From a Friend

My pool team had been newly eliminated from a pool tournament, and as we packed our gear and disappointments — we’d played poorly and missed an opportunity for more money and a larger tournament — I got a phone call from a friend, and I was delighted by the sound … Read More

School Choice

U. S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ May 22nd visit, and her advocacy for “school choice,” reminded me of an incident of school choice with my eldest daughter. When her parents hauled Lisa away from her friends in Madera, California, to her new home in Clarksville, Indiana, she was not … Read More

Batting Average

When one of the co-owners of this paper told me that she had turned my social media posts into a column called “Words From Woods,” I was stunned, then – flattered. Though I had been conscripted into the service of this publication, I embraced and celebrated my capture. I had … Read More