Creative Nonfiction

Winter’s Embrace

Winter’s Embrace

By Jackie Leavitt Thousand of white raindrops cascade from the steel gray sky, bouncing off the pavement like dancing marbles before disappearing up into their self-shattering dampness. They tap-tap-tap like drumming fingertips on the roof, getting louder and softer as the wind shifts through the […]

Fall’s Timely Demise

Fall’s Timely Demise

By Jackie Leavitt There is a satisfying crunch as I lower my boot over the unsuspecting leaf, shriveled up on the dirty sidewalk near its mother maple tree. Worry whispers out to its surrounding brothers and sisters as I roll my foot heal-to-toe, releasing small […]

Morning Music

Morning Music

By Jackie Leavitt My feet almost begin to move on their own. It’s just a natural instinct as the music seeps from my cushioned headphones into my ears and around my skull. It’s like the notes just keep bouncing around in my body – down […]

Laptop Love Affair

Laptop Love Affair

By Jackie Leavitt Vaguely, I feel Jackie pull me across the bed, turn my still-sleeping face to her. She pokes me – just once – and I feel myself slowly come to life. My brain starts whirling, and I groggily mumble at her, not making […]

Nostalgia

Nostalgia

By Jackie Leavitt (Revised from my narration at Fireside Storytelling in 2013.) My grandfather had a lot of names over the course of his life. Officially named Sergio Orsini, he was 100-percent Italian, born to immigrants who came to America just in time for the […]

In Memory

In Memory

Peg Redmond Leavitt, 1920 – 2014 93 years allowed Grandma Peg to perfect the wink. It was subtle, like a conspirator in some joke or secret. But it was always exchanged for no reason, adding a mischievous air to her elegance. “Her lesson to us all […]