Exploring the World of Michael W. Dymond

  • Ducky

    Phyllis and Donald started exchanging letters as early as 1938. They had been dating for about a year. Hundreds were written and exchanged, laden with laughter and love, promise and fear, and eternal hope through to Donald’s untimely, and heartbreaking, death on April 30, 1945, just a mere week before VE Day in Europe.

    These letters comprise the essence of this story through which I have struggled to make the conversation real, meaningful and enduring. My palpable challenge came, as the writer, when I realized very early that most of Phyllis’ (Mom’s letters) had been destroyed.

  • The Sail Needs the Wind

    The endeavor has to do with what has occupied my thoughts for my entire adult life… and that is quite simply, life itself. How we move through its maze; how its essence enters us, and how we deal with its moment to moment flood, and simply survive…and in no cursory way, thoughts about the creator. I also have to ask, who are we, why are we, and where exactly are heaven and hell.

  • It’s Just About Me

    A childhood is bumps, bruises, giggles and embarrassment: broken hearts and birthdays: new beginnings, wonderous discoveries of the world outside your home: new sights, sounds, touches and tastes…what next door really is and who lives there: where values taught at home fit in with neighborhood friends, school chums and teachers, and checking yourself out against this new world: dealing with what sometimes frightens you with no recourse to mom and dad. This was my childhood…and it was a treasure. It is a gift, not an ordeal to endure until adulthood.

  • Summer’s Eve (Jake, Donny and Dibs)

    In the summer of 1963, Jake, Donny and Dibs are looking forward to a fun-filled summer of laughs before moving to high school in the fall. The boys’ parents, however, have different plans for their sons’ vacation. The boys plan for a do- nothing summer with each other, much like the past, is turned upside down with rushing hormones, girls, Donny’s camping trip with dad, Dibs’ sick mom and their family moving away, Jake’s new found friend in his sister, his summer job, and an unintended interest in future education and work. The summer of 1963 quickly becomes one of related frustrations, females, and changes that none of them expected.