87 Different Ways

The tears that build but never crest. The unbearable sweetness of a child’s bedtime prayer, repeated some 55 years after the fact. The sensation of being entirely without skin, crumpled, spat upon — and its[…]

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Apotheca

We heal one another. We do it invisibly, and often. And mostly without even knowing it. How many times has this happened, over the course of a life? How often have I healed something in[…]

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Unruffled

It changes everything, you know. Having people. The ground is firmer under your feet and you worry less about what someone might think. You’re unruffled, serene. You aren’t so quick to bristle. Who cares? You[…]

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Which Plumage

Does the body remember the hows and the whys? The accidents and the mindful intrusions? The heart shape traced in bloody scratches from a pin, just below the crook of the elbow; the crunch and[…]

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The Smallest Gesture

Love, sometimes: like sending myself in the mail, naked and bulky. And when I arrive, if the reaction disappoints, no amending, no editing will fix me. I crumple and I burn with shame. Even if it[…]

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Everything is Fine

  I miss the way we used to be. You and I, we could count on each other in our watertight dreamspace. The sharp corners on the outside, where they couldn’t reach us unless we[…]

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Rest in Peace

    From the first time I heard your voice (age 8, on the way to school, sitting in the back of Mrs Tuominen’s car), I was enthralled. You knew something I didn’t know yet[…]

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Some Thoughts on Compassion

Even in a world where journalism continues to reach new lows on a near-constant basis, there can be compassion. Compassion means seeing beyond your (my) own precious feelings to the truth of any matter: that[…]

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Clementine

Pulling apart tiny segments of peeled citrus, I picture jelly-candy oranges, their simplified, stylized shapes so pleasing to tiny hands, the clean bite leaving long rows of teeth marks in their smooth, perfected centers. Juice[…]

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