Sharon Watts Writes

when pictures fail me…

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Going to Jail – Part 1

I wonder if they see me struggling. Inserting the same quarter into three, or four different lockers, I read and reread the same instructions inside each door. My summer purse … Continue reading

July 14, 2018 · 1 Comment

Brain Fjords

Some of the fissures in my aging brain are actually ever-widening fjords—none scenic—and all for sucking in whatever trivial factoid is just on the tip of my tongue, ready to … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Darla’s Ashes

The four of us gathered at the river’s edge, and, each with a scoop of fine ash the color of an oyster shell, released Darla into the water. Her last … Continue reading

May 13, 2017 · 3 Comments


    Darla and I have been friends since seventh grade—our last names both began with “W,” putting us together in the back of homeroom. My other friends at the … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · 5 Comments

New York! Just like I Pictured it. Sorta.

Posted here on Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood   Stepping outside the slightly threadbare art deco hotel lobby—which I refused to perceive as anything but Busby Berkeley glamorous—I melded into the midtown … Continue reading

March 29, 2016 · 2 Comments


The older I get, the more OCD’d I get. Before the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders shone a clinical light on our brain tickings, the phrase “set in … Continue reading

September 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hell’s Kitchen and Couture Dreams…

Part of a memoir of my art student days in NYC, early 1970s – Chapter 9 Clutching my Greyhound ticket, I peered at departure times in the Port Authority Bus … Continue reading

September 15, 2015 · Leave a comment