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Her Name Was Nina

I didn’t know this baby. I didn’t know what she looked like apart from a couple of surprisingly cute ultrasound printouts. I didn’t know...

the long way to a small, angry inbox

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.

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

The Secret Life of an Old Maine Shoe

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

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

Will Work for Textbooks

Jack was breaking the rules of our arrangement the first time he told me he loved me. I was twenty-four years old, and I...

Diastema: The Spaces Between

I’ve had a sizable gap between my two front teeth for my entire life, and for most of it, I’ve wanted to get rid...