Rose Mary Clarke’s Story Archive

October Diary 2017, Part 1

“I’m so glad that I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it?” — Lucy Maude Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables Every year I think about Montgomery’s wonderful character, Anne Shirley. With the exception of glorious … Read More

The Games People Play

Rose Mary is feeling a little under the weather. This is a reprint of a column from October, 2014 I woke up with a case of the literary doldrums. I even got out my file of quips and insightful sayings by people that I’ve saved for an emergency. I reread … Read More

Open Wide, Please, Part 2

While Dr. Daniel Maddigan’s drill went, “Brrrrr, brrrrr . . .brrrrr . . . whine, whine, whine . . . ,” I thought about how skillful a dentist must be. When he paused I asked, “Doctor, were you scared the first time you filled a patient’s cavity?” “Oh yes.” After … Read More

Open Wide, Please

I stopped making New Year’s resolutions because I never kept them. You know what I mean, don’t you? “I’m going to lose weight so that I can get back into the clothes I’ve outgrown . . . I’m going to exercise as my doctor recommends . . . I’m always … Read More

A Tale of Four Families

You’ve got to be taught To hate and fear . . . It’s got to be drummed In your dear little ear, You’ve got to be carefully taught. You’ve got to be taught to be afraid Of people whose eyes are oddly made And people whose skin is a diff’rent … Read More