Deb Brandon: Living in Radiant Color


Pixabay I remember standing with Mum at the window, watching a thunderstorm. I remember oohing and aahing over the light show. Taking fierce joy in the pouring rain, the glorious lightening preceding the crash of thunder, I forgot my brothers and my mother beside me. At one point, shortly after the show began, Mum … Read more


I drifted towards the light, a white, pure light. I wanted to become one with it. I felt warm, at peace. I was. Time was irrelevant. Until I realizedI was floating in place, no longer drifting upward. I was vaguely disappointed as I regained awareness, awakening into a dark room, my room in rehab. I … Read more


I couldn’t. I wouldn’t. Why did they decide on Phoenix?  Anywhere but Arizona. Especially not Pheonix. I couldn’t do it. I wouldn’t go. I was on the WARP (Weave A Real Peace board, and the rest of the board voted to hold our next annual meeting in Arizona. And as a board member, I … Read more

Déjà Vu

It’s disturbingly familiar. Not the carpeting—all hotels I’ve been to have ugly smelly carpets. Something about the hallways, the placement of the elevator, the restaurant in the atrium. Something’s not right. But I can’t think what it is. I feel myself tear up. I enter the elevator. I know I’ve been in such an elevator … Read more

Six-Word Story

“Bleak grays transform into shimmering rainbows.” A couple of years ago, during a writing workshop, I was asked to write a six-word memoir. I don’t remember how long I was given, certainly no less than fifteen minutes and no more than thirty. I knew I wanted to express the change in my life in terms … Read more