Nothing but yellow.

pittsburg rally
Hilary Swift for The New York Times.

There is a nice story—not true—that holds when Hitler decreed all Sweden’s Jews wear yellow stars, their King replied, “If our Jews wear yellow stars, we all wear yellow stars.” Again, nice story; not true.

What would be different if all of Europe had worn yellow? Nothing but yellow.

This is a photo from one rally protesting the visit by Trump this morning to Pittsburg.


A new publication every other month–almost.

Dear everyone,

Time for ALOG (Another Letter of Gratitude):

toot hornIn tooting my horn as part of applying for two grants, I realized that since November of 2017, I have had a new literary publication almost ever other month. This schedule continues through September of 2018, what with the upcoming publication of the flash fiction “The Summers of Carefully” in Right Hand Pointing; plus an acceptance I COMPLETELY FORGOT to mention:

The short-short published last November in Crack the Spine. That whacky flash, Dressed Left, was selected by the editors for their upcoming “Best Of” anthology. That’s in a book, Ladies and Gentlemen. A book.

When “Dressed Left” published, I asked for your letters to the editor. Many of you complied. Editors love letters to the editor. I believe that those letters helped with the selection of “Dressed Left.” Many, many thanks.

Here’s a video I made for Dressed Left.

Shawn McClure’s piece featured on WordPress Reader.

morechicksI wasn’t the only one who thought that JMWW Journal writer Shawn McClure did an amazing job with Sorrow for the Wings. This CNF short-short was a featured post on WordPress Reader.

If you haven’t had a chance to read Shawn’s graceful work, please take a moment to do so.

Second piece I edited now online at JMWW Journal

Shawn McClure did an amazing job with Sorrow for the Wings. This short essay is as graceful as is sounds. Please take a peep–I mean, peek.


About Childhood’s Nowhere-Near-Annual Frozen Fish Head Haiku Contest Submission Info Part 2


Read previous winner:
Read previous winner:

Cash prize: $17.*

  • Not so generous, say you? Consider your rate per word.
  • Particularly in comparison to your entrance fee. (Zero. Zip. Nada.)

*The number of syllables in a haiku.



  1. The winner will receive $17. Don’t spend it all in once place—as if you could.
  2. Five to seven additional haiku will be selected—2nd Place, 3rd Place, and up to five honorable mentions.
  3. The winning and haiku and author will be feted on About Childhood: Answers for Writers, Parents, and Former Children, as well as on the Facebook page of the once and gentle Alle C. Hall.
  4. Runners up and honorable mentions will be honorably mentioned and … run up. Also on About Childhood and Facebook.
  5. About Childhood will alert all media, up to and including The New Yorker. Why not? We take comic haiku seriously around here.  

Who can enter:

Anyone other than Officers, Associates and Board Members of About Childhood and her immediate family. I wouldn’t want you the think I play favorites.


The Judge


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By March 17th, 2014. Or you’re busted.

Imaginary Friends -Every afternoon, Heather was picked up from elementary school in a limo, a sky-blue Cadillac with cream-colored leather interiors. The chauffeur immediately offered her a bowl of hard candies, Jolly Ranchers. She always ate Apple, and she only ever ate one. Of course, she lived in a mansion. Every afternoon, the maid took her coat. A maid and a chauffeur. There were no other grown-ups. There were fireplaces, and footstools made of elephants’ feet, and an elevator to the beach. That green is still my favorite taste.


 From the same Fackbook conversation, by Jonny Gibbings:

I used to have imaginary friends… they were real people, I just imagined they were my friends.

How I Got That “Mahatma”: Dinty W. Moore discusses short nonfiction with NOT ME.

Dinty Moore: some call him Mahatma.

River Teeth Journal just posted an interview with Dinty Moore. In founding and editing Brevity: A Journal of Concise Nonfiction, Moore has played a large part in defining what we think of as short (or flash) nonfiction.

I interviewed Moore circa. 2006, during his tour to promote The Accidental Buddhist. This is not that interview.

I wish I had been blogging in 2006. About Childhood has a running feature called How I Got That Story, where I interview authors about the path to their first book. (Search on How I Got That Story.) Had I been blogging in 2006: a) I’d probably have a book out by now; and b) I would post that interview.

Since I wasn’t, why … Ladies and gentleman, I introduce to you … someone else’s conversation with Dinty Moore!

Why did you choose 750 words as the maximum for Brevity submissions?

I felt a 500-word maximum was too short and 2,000 words too long.

The adage “show don’t tell” is something many readers expect from memoir, yet in more than a few Brevity essays – such as “Sam at the Gun Show” by Greg Bottoms – telling is prominent.

The writer who is sensitive to word choice and rhythm and the power of the intimate detail can do a lot of telling. There’s a difference, too, between telling and explaining. I advise my students to show the most, tell a little bit, and never explain.

What’s imperative for a short piece that’s different in a longer piece?

Everything is dialed up in a shorter piece. The first paragraph of a brief essay has to do what the first chapter of a memoir does.

What assumptions do others seem to have about flash nonfiction?

Many assume a flash piece is an excerpt from a longer work. Sometimes a significant moment out of a chapter or a long essay can stand alone, but we’re getting more and more pieces that clearly could never work in the longer form because the energy of the piece hinges on the rapid fire sharing of information, and the urgency of having to fit it into a {750 word.–Ed.} frame is what makes it powerful.

What are some other journals you recommend for short nonfiction?

Sweet, Blip, Alimentum, Fringe Magazine, Defunct, South Loop Review, Flashquake, 400 Words, Underwired Magazine, 751 Magazine, Diagram, and The Sun’s “Readers Write” section.

The above is a highly edited version of the original article.

Winner: Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize

Dinty W. Moore, is author of Crafting the Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Nonfiction, as well as the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize in 2009. Moore has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Gettysburg Review, Utne Reader, and Crazyhorse, among numerous other venues.