Sharon Watts Writes

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Category Archives: Essay

What I Learned at Church Camp

In 1964 I spent the most extended stretch of time away from home in all of my eleven years on the planet. I was in pre-teen geeky prime. And a … Continue reading

October 6, 2018 · 1 Comment

Bert Sommer – Discovering Woodstock’s Lost Treasure

    When you think about Woodstock, who comes to mind? Well, yes, the Who—and Jimi and Janis and Richie and Sly, Santana and Canned Heat and Arlo and . … Continue reading

August 7, 2018 · 4 Comments

Going to Jail – Part 2

A long, U-shaped table fills a room that is not too unlike my junior high school cafeteria in atmosphere, with one end connecting to where the prisoners will enter and … Continue reading

July 21, 2018 · 9 Comments

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

    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