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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Impressionable

I remember meeting A. for the first time when I was not-quite-three years old. Although he’s my first cousin, he’s only two years younger than my father, which would have made A. twenty-two, then. There[…]

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The Big Sleep

  I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately. Yours, mine, and the way that we relate to death in general. This is obviously one of those topics that make a lot of people uncomfortable.[…]

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