View Risa Nye's profile

Boustrophedonic Musings by
50
(58 Stories)

Prompted By Brain Games

/ Stories

What does plowing a field have to do with knitting, one may ask. The answer: As knitters know, when knitting an intarsia pattern one reads the pattern from right to left, and in the following row from left to right. This type of writing/notation is known as boustrophedon. The word originates from the Greek: as…
Read More

My Pink Dress by
50
(58 Stories)

Prompted By Lost and Found

/ Stories

The Pink Dress None of this was supposed to happen: not finding the dress, not losing the dress, and certainly not finding it again. But that’s what did happen.   In the days before you could make online reservations, my husband used the services of a trusted travel agent for his business trips and some…
Read More

Second Hand Rose by
50
(58 Stories)

Prompted By Yard Sales

/ Stories

“What in the world will we do with all this stuff?” Soon after our mother passed away, my sister and I were faced with the daunting task that so many of our generation are dealing with these days: sorting through a lifetime’s accumulation of clothes, jewelry, tchotchkes, and mementos. Drawer after drawer revealed scarves, purses,…
Read More

Letters to my Mother by
50
(58 Stories)

Prompted By Forgiveness

/ Stories

 I wrote a series of letters to my mother around Mother’s Day, ten years after her death: my attempt to get to a place of forgiveness.  Dear Mom, I guess we were a mismatch from the beginning. You wanted a boy; you got me: a scabby-kneed tree-climber, a girl who played with mud and tar…
Read More

Waist Deep in the Big Muddy, Yet Again by
50
(58 Stories)

Prompted By Protests

/ Stories

This piece originally appeared in 2018 for the Student Activism prompt. Now in 2020, once again young activists are taking a leading role in the Black Lives Matter movement, taking it to the streets and the seats of government as a beleaguered nation is forced to face its history of systemic racism while a devastating…
Read More

The Mowing of Summer Lawns by
50
(58 Stories)

Prompted By My Hometown

/ Stories

At dinner time, dads cup their hands around their mouths and call their kids home.
Read More

Martha My Dear by
50
(58 Stories)

Prompted By Chance Encounters

/ Stories

"It was bashert," she used to say, using the Yiddish word for destiny
Read More

That’s Life by
50
(58 Stories)

Prompted By Magazines

/ Stories

The photographs in LIFE captured powerful moments, whether the subjects were soldiers, politicians, athletes, poets and writers, Hollywood stars, or everyday people.
Read More

The Enchanted Castle Cake by
50
(58 Stories)

Prompted By Recipes

/ Stories

It was more than just a cake; it was an architectural marvel. 
Read More

A Visit from my Sister by
50
(58 Stories)

Prompted By Dreams

/ Stories

There I am, waiting for my shampoo to begin, when my sister emerges from behind the curtain at the back of the salon.
Read More
<< Older posts