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

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...

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...

White Hair

My mother's hair is white. Bright white, like the inside of a mussel shell, iridescent. Fine lines on a pink scalp. But only for...

An American Alphabet*

*Or more aptly titled, A White American Alphabet--26 Letters Towards A Language of Repair. A​ is for the ​Allen residence​. The Allen residence is where Wendell...

Aprons

After my mother’s death, my sisters and brother and I embarked on a task familiar to many adult children: clearing out our childhood home....

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...

Melophobia

Content warnings: Discussion of sexism, brief mention of sexual harassment and assault. Well, she was just seventeen / You know what I mean (The Beatles 1963) And...

Shelter in Place

The family is the chosen unit of measurement for so many things. During the pandemic, we were instructed to shelter in place, and this...

The Fig Tree

Because of the virus, we moved to Sonoma, into a little house we have on the top of a mountain, with its gnarly garden...

Kinship

On the evening of Valentine's Day, 2019, Marisa, Arianna and I gathered at Kinship where Marisa worked as a hostess. She had just left...
Bethesda Fountain

Coming of AIDS

Dedicated to every angel in America—then and now. Coming of age, as I did, during the 1980s meant that I came of age in the...

Shame and Blessings at the Coin-Op

Just before the virus drifted into the world, a friend I’d recently met texted that she was nervous. Her washing machine had broken at...