Beyond Words

Rhoda Vera …

July 2017 by Marshall Chapman My late brother was Richard-Pryor funny and bad to the bone. He was born James Alfred Chapman IV, but everybody called him Jamie. He was tall—six feet, seve...

Mama Cloud …

May 2017 by Marshall Chapman Photograph by Anthony Scarlati My two grandmothers were polar opposites. Nannie, my paternal grandmother, was the saintly one. She had a sunny dispositi...

Living for a living …

April 2017 by Marshall Chapman Living for a living ... Photograph by Anthony Scarlati Back in 1985, when my niece Catie was but five years old, she said something so profound I’ve n...

Beyond Words

March 2017 by Marshall Chapman Doodlebug, etc. ... Does your car have a name? Mine does. I call it Doodlebug. It’s a 2010 silver Prius. In the weeks following my mother’s death in ...

The Unexplainable

February 2017 by Marshall Chapman Photograph by Anthony Scarlati Where does that first heartbeat come from? One minute we’re a mass of reproducing cells, then all of a sudden ... there...

Beyond Words

January 2017 by Marshall Chapman Photograph by Anthony Scarlati Sports as salvation ... I admit. I’m a sports fan. A Vanderbilt sports fan at that. Which means I have suffered. I’ve...

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