The Gristy Mill

Chess Praxis

Kevin McMullin

I had an advantage coming into all of this. Shortly after my diagnosis my neurotologist suggested I start physical therapy right away. It would, he assured me, give me a leg up after the surgery.

Posted 12/31/2017

The Holly and the I.V.

Kevin McMullin

Now the holly bears a blossom as white as the lily flower…

Posted 12/24/2017

¿Quién Canta?

Kevin McMullin

Canta a la luna

La llena de miel

Posted 12/17/2017

Temporal Constellations

Kevin McMullin


In October of 2015, my wife and I celebrated my 59th birthday…

Posted 12/10/2017

The Four Deer of the Apocalypse

Kevin McMullin

From 1983, when we first moved to Wisconsin, until 2015, I had only one collision with a deer.

Posted 12/3/2017

3 Songs of the Quotidian

Kevin McMullin


I went to the trouble of getting up today

Intuitively, it felt like the right thing to do

Posted 11/26/2017

Dark Thanks

Kevin McMullin

“Oh, isn’t life a terrible thing, thank God?”

–   Dylan Thomas

Dear Life,

Posted 11/19/2017

Tinnitus Andronicus

Ever since taking on the mantel of brain surgery récupèrent, I periodically am approached by a kindhearted friend offering to help “cannabisize” my condition using a bit of homegrown.

Posted 11/12/2017

What Are the Odds?

The odds of being injured by a toilet are 1 in 10,000.

Posted 11/5/2017


Somewhere in the dawn of 2012 –

Posted 10/29/2017

The Fell Clutch 

In life’s bleak stretches, when loss is a lump in my throat and the hours are awash with fatigue and futility, I turn to International Talk Like a Pirate Day …

Posted 10/22/2017

But If the While I Think On Thee

A new guy has moved into my bathroom mirror. I’m a little startled whenever I see him because I’m used to the old guy.

Posted 10/15/2017


A year to the day after my diagnosis I had the rare opportunity to attend my own funeral.

Posted 10/8/2017

Into the Black Sea

One gentle summer night in the city of Timisoara, I watched my friend, Brandon, throw his trumpet out of the second story window of our dormitory.

Posted 10/1/2017