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Oct 132014
 By , October 13, 2014

Journal entry: October 31, 1973 (age 4) – Halloween Costume Accords As I admired my new Halloween costume in the mirror, I said, “Ri ruv Ralloreen.” To play Scooby-Doo, you have to match his speech impediment. (Calling it that seems unfair, though. If he’s the only [more…]

Jun 172014
 By , June 17, 2014
Lost Journal: A Chance to Join the Boys of Summer

Journal entry: July 3, 1977 (age 8) – Boys of Summer For an 8-year-old, there is grave fear attached to some states of being, such as “separated from parents at an airport” or “on fire.” For me, the gravest fear comes when I am “at [more…]

Jun 012014
 By , June 1, 2014

Journal entry: July 10, 1976 (age 7) – Bumper Cars “No way, John – save it for the bumper cars.” Although my older brother, John, is 17 and has his driver’s license, there was no way my dad (or my mom, for that matter) was [more…]

Feb 182014
 By , February 18, 2014

Journal entry: September 5, 1993 (age 24) – Apartment Sharing Moving in with my older brother, Bob, seemed like such a good idea.  A few years ago, I moved by train and duffel bag to Chicago, where I was a 12-hour drive from anyone in [more…]

Nov 052013
 By , November 5, 2013

Journal entry: August 7, 1971 (age 2) – Toddler on a Sweetener Bender I am two. I like sugar. These complementary facts have earned me a certain degree of behavioral latitude in the Mollen household. Whenever I throw a sputtering, wrinkly, red-faced fit for no [more…]

Jul 292012
 By , July 29, 2012
Lost Journal: Quest for the Four-bounce Homer
Lost Journal: Quest for the Four-bounce Homer

Lost Journal entry: April 21, 1978 (age 9) To hit a home run in the St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary school parking lot, the ball has to hit or go over the fence that borders the parish convent. The tennis balls we use have probably frightened [more…]

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