the long way to a small, angry inbox

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Normally, this wouldn’t matter so much. A few nights ago, I logged into an old Yahoo account that I habitually checked and used for retrospective...

Off.

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As usual, you start with the door to the fire escape. You see that the latch is locked but you unlock it anyway. Now...

When Death Comes From the Skies

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The first plane appeared in the eastern sky at approximately 4:30 in the afternoon. It was a member of the Condor Legion, a Nazi...

For Greenwood

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When my husband and I were much younger and had more leisure time, we decided to binge-watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was my...

Chisinau, 2017

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There are moments of stillness and moments of motion. The evening of my arrival in Chisinau, I take a slow walk down the frozen...

Love Letter to My Soon to Be 13-Year-Old Black Son

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Dear Sonshine, That’s what I call you because the mere sight of your go big or go home smile is like the sun filtering through...

Reciprocal Identities

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I admit a degree of relief that my youngest daughter is so different from me. My bookshelves are lined with novels and two...

What Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basketball Can Teach Us About Legacy

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It’s been about five months since Kobe Bryant died in a fatal helicopter crash that killed nine people including his thirteen year old daughter...

The Secret Life of an Old Maine Shoe

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The shoe didn't fit, but its worn condition told me that it had fit someone once, some woman to be more exact; but that...

Pastries in the Backcountry

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I was in the Grand Teton National Park, carrying bear spray, a bell, and a set of instructions memorized in case I ran into...