What’s love got to do with it?

Not a thing until Jacob Will discovers it for the first time in his middle-aged life. The funny thing was he wasn’t even looking, much less considering it. It took the death of his friend and the request to commit eleven little deaths of his own to find what he’d been missing. It turned out […]

Two out of two fortune tellers say…

Amidst his travels in attempting eleven little deaths of his own (really himself), Jacob Will visited a fortune teller. Not because he thought he’d find any answers, but strictly for entertainment. He was not entertained. Nor was he when he tried his luck with the machine version. There was an unanimity of opinions. But would […]

Driving Miss Crazy…

Trying to find one’s self is about as confounding as choosing which highway or exit to use when there’s no specific locale in mind. There are so many choices. For better or worse, each decision will have it’s own consequence. You could find yourself in line at a Taco Bell (nothing wrong with that) or […]

Not a hero – not by any standard measurement.

A hero was not how Jacob Will would ever describe himself. Growing up, he didn’t have the heroes young boys normally had. Since sports were not a thing he was interested in, it didn’t matter what records were set by athletes, they held no attraction. Likewise movie stars, though he did, as most boys at […]

“Watching my life go by”

“Watching my life go by” is a song by the late musician Michael Hedges, written from the point of view from the back seat of a station wagon. The lyrics, posted here, are a good description of Eleven Little Deaths protagonist Jacob Will’s life. As a child traveling south on vacation with his parents, Jacob […]

A bright idea… no, not really.

The next morning, Jacob Will will wonder whose bright idea it was to get into a political discussion in a Southern bar. Being a Yankee, it wasn’t enough that he was on unfamiliar ground, he had been drinking. Being a somewhat drunk Yankee, he probably had it coming. And now, he was a hung-over Yankee […]