Some summers during
rainstorms, the river overfilled and a few of the basements along Exeter
Road flooded. The Rosens still used their basement to store their
mementos, all the inessential items they’d collected through life but
couldn’t bear to throw away. As their children left home and moved to
small apartments in far-away cities, more mementos gradually found their
way into the boxes the Rosens stacked downstairs. Neither parent would
ever admit it, but they couldn’t bring themselves to rummage through the
past and decide which parts of it were worth keeping. Secretly, they
wanted a flood to make that decision for them.
is a Chicago-based author, journalist and editor. His fiction has
appeared in more than two dozen publications including the Chicago
Tribune's Printers Row Journal, Shenandoah, the Saturday Evening Post
and So It Goes by the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. He is
also the author of non-fiction books including "Votes of Confidence: A
Young Person's Guide to American Elections" (Zest Books, 2016), "Rockin'
the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries" (Zest Books, 2015), and "The Latest
Craze: A Short History of Mass Hysterias" (Fall River Press, 2011). He
is a veteran journalist published in Mother Jones, the New Republic, the Sydney
Morning Herald, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Mental_Floss,
National Geographic Traveler and dozens of other local, national
and international publications.
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