In November 2016, I was privileged to be asked to participate in a well-attended and unique public reading in Milwaukee: A Picture and a Thousand Words.
Ten pictures (photographs) were provided as “prompts.” Anyone who wished to submit a story was asked to choose one of the photographs, but limit what they write to no more than 1,000 words. The organizers of the event chose ten submissions, among the many they received.
My 1,000 words, prompted by a photograph of a carousel, abandoned and in disrepair, were drawn form a much longer memoir piece about the death of a dear childhood friend, and the separate paths our lives took. The reading was titled, “The Thing is Albert…” It will be posted soon on this website, as will the longer version.