the 923 oak project
923 oak tennessee | the 923 oak project
* tennessee *

923 oak | tennessee: you must believe in spring

By On September 15, 2014

“My mother did absolutely the best she could – there’s no doubt about that. She was the best. I was just really angry. I was the troubled child; any gray hair probably… Read More

welcome to tennessee | the 923 oak project
* tennessee *

introducing 923 oak | tennessee

By On August 8, 2014

Jamie isn’t thrilled to be living at 923 Oak. He tells me this early in our conversation over a Bombay and Sapphire (his) and Chardonnay (mine) at Tenn16, East Nashville’s take on… Read More

* tennessee *

welcome to nashville

By On June 25, 2014

March 2014 I am not my shiny, happy self right now. I’ve spent the past two weeks scouring the internet for names and phone numbers for every 923 Oak east of the… Read More

* iowa *

meet faye and dan: 923 oak | iowa (50 years of bliss)

By On June 17, 2014

“Last time I was in San Francisco, gas was $.20 a gallon.” Dan is regaling me with his own “Tales of the City.” After volunteering for the service in the late 1950’s,… Read More

* tennessee *

light a candle

By On June 4, 2014

Someone is missing from 923 Oak. It’s a single mother, a few years younger than me. She lives in Tennessee, next door to Jamie, whom I met on my 923 Oak roadtrip.… Read More

923 Oak Iowa: Sunday night supper | the 923 oak project
* iowa *

about faye and dan: 923 oak | iowa (faye and the fam)

By On June 2, 2014

“Our most memorable experiences are probably what we had with our kids,” Dan says, as Faye nods in agreement. Faye tells me about taking the boys on Ragbrai, a weeklong bike ride… Read More

dan, iowa | the 923 oak project
* iowa *

about dan and faye: 923 oak | iowa (dan and the farm)

By On May 20, 2014

“Danny’s dad’s dad was killed by a team of horses,” Faye tells me. That’s Dan’s grandfather. Dan’s grandmother died shortly after giving birth to her eighth child. Then, this heartbreak struck. Dan’s… Read More

923 Oak HQ | the 923 oak project
* new jersey *

god bless cindy

By On May 14, 2014

The romance of the road trip is over. There will be more open roads in my future, but for now, the work of The 923 Oak Project is mostly comprised of transcribing… Read More

looking out from 923 oak | the 923 oak project
* iowa *

about faye and dan: 923 oak | iowa (america, the polka and grumpy old men)

By On May 8, 2014

“All the ladies at coffee thought I was crazy. They couldn’t believe I was doing this.” “This” is talking with me. Faye is bustling around the brightly lit kitchen on this Sunday… Read More

on the road | the 923 oak project

one word

By On May 5, 2014

After 40 days and 40 nights of being on the road, spending 25 nights in hotels and 15 at friends’ homes (often displacing one of their kids – thank you again, guys),… Read More

* arizona *

meet $w1fT: 923 oak | arizona

By On April 8, 2014

PARENTAL ADVISORY: the language that follows is unvarnished, harsh and some readers may be offended. This alert is not just for people with young kids, but for my parents, their friends, and… Read More

923 oak iowa | the 923 oak project
* iowa *

about dan and faye: 923 oak | iowa

By On April 4, 2014

“She got me when I was down.” Dan leans over the kitchen table, mischief sparkling in his blue eyes. He and I are sitting at the big oak table on the other… Read More

thomas' guitar | the 923 oak project
* arizona *

back in black

By On March 29, 2014

Remember Thomas from 923 Oak in Arizona? Remember his most treasured possession? (A guitar.) Do you remember WHERE it was? (A pawn shop.) It made me sad to know that his most… Read More

923 oak florida | the 923 oak project
* florida *

gravel driveways & comfort zones

By On March 21, 2014

I walk up the long gravel driveway to knock on the front door of 923 Oak Lane. Under the watchful eyes of two curious female neighbors, I figure there’s no turning back… Read More

$w1fT looking out at the Arizona foothills | the 923 oak project
* arizona *

meet $w1fT: 923 oak | arizona

By On March 17, 2014

These stories about $w1fT have generated a lot of heated conversation with some people who are very dear to me. They are worried about the content and tone of these posts; that… Read More