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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...

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...

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...

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...

Let’s (not) Talk about Sex

My girls were seven and three when we decided to raise chickens. It was a group effort until the moment the cute phase was...
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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...