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How I Became Greta and Alan

For an absolute stranger, Bob Coyne calls a lot. Over the past two years or so he has called at least once and sometimes...

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....

Echolocation

When I was 13 and my parents were doing okay, we had a house with pillars. It was just a split-level ranch, but the...

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...

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...

Sphincters I Have Known and Lost

“You want to hear about all the times I’ve had tubes shoved up my penis?” There’s a sentence I never thought I would ever speak...

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...

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...

Pocha

My friend, Leticia, is in the middle of telling me a funny story in the Spanglish we often speak together. We’re on an escalator...

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...

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...

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...