Palm Sunday Speech to the Congregation

Palm Sunday Speech to the Congregation

Palm Sunday, 2019, Centre Congregational Church, Brattleboro. This is my short speech to the congregation as a Loaves and Fishes volunteer. Good morning, and thank you. My name is Vincent Panella, and I’m a retired teacher and a writer. I’ve been living in Vermont...
What made me go to Texas? 

What made me go to Texas? 

What made me go to Texas?  Last spring the news filtered in that a U.S. Rep from El Paso named Robert Francis O’Rourke, nicknamed  Beto, (Bet-oh) was challenging Ted Cruz for a senate seat held by Republicans since the early nineties.  Cruz was considered a lock...
Today’s Weather

Today’s Weather

She was sitting in front of the TV, remote in hand, water, books, and pills on the side table. She lowered the sound when he came in and sat, his back hurting from the day’s work. I don’t think I’ll be able to get up. You poor thing. Bent over a sink...

Sleeping With Herodotus

There’s a Hemingway story called Now I Lay Me in which he fears sleeping at night ever since he was struck by a mortar during World War I – ‘blown up’  as he puts it. To fall asleep in darkness would cause his soul “to fly out of his body,’ that is, he would...
Typewriter Days

Typewriter Days

Once long ago I needed a job. A friend had just quit as a reporter for a large Midwest newspaper and he suggested I take his place. I’d never worked as a news reporter, but I’d taken a J-School course and had recently written a piece about racing pigeons...