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Hiking Boots

You were the Whore and the Beast of Babylon, I was Rin Tin Tin. Leonard Cohen During the summer of 2012, my brother, Seth, and my father...

Pillapalooza

Diphenhydramine, Spironolactone. Celebrex, Xtandi, Robaxin. I would sort my father's pills by linguistic patterns: syllable count, consonance, alliteration. I liked Omeprazole because it sounded...

Mosaic

You were embryo #10. You brewed in your petri dish, doubling every day in the low-humming laboratory. I imagined you, exposed under the microscope,...

A Final Wave

The old cassette tapes I find stuffed away in the back of a desk drawer have nothing to do with musical tastes from years...

White Gold

Her skin was always so soft. Everyone noticed. It didn’t look like 95-year-old skin. We attributed this wonder to decades of Nivea cream application...

It All Started in Zanzibar

Author's Note: Certain names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals.   A fanciful ink drawing of the world hangs on the wall...

My Mother’s Eyes

The first time I realized that I look like my mother was when she was dying. She was 91, in intensive care, and her...

When Death Comes From the Skies

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...

Did You See an Asian Man Hiking in the Woods?

While we had been in in the Adirondack Mountains at Tupper Lake since early June, it wasn't until mid-July when I could finally hike...

Reciprocal Identities

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

Chisinau, 2017

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

Held

Lying next to me in the grass, Finn tilts his twitching nose upward, registering every smell — moles, I presume, and grackles and chipmunk...