Below is the first chapter of a memoir I have been slowly, endlessly, pouring my heart in to. The manuscript won third prize in the 2014 Writers-Editors Network International Competition for unpublished nonfiction. The judges said some really nice things. Still, I'm not quite finished with this story, so I keep messing with it. If you like it and want to read more, let me know. I just might post a few more chapters.