Here you are

Here you are

Here you are, thinking you got here on your own.
That you worked long days and late nights
and you stretched your mind, body, and brain to its max
and to exhaustion. So you deserve what you achieve… Continue reading

Melodies in the kitchen

Melodies in the kitchen

Enrichment. I use it as a term of endearment. It means, take care of your heart. It means, remind your heart that is has a home here — here being with you. That means put your heart inside your chest where it belongs. Stop holding it out in front of you in your trembling palms, like some … Continue reading

The world’s royalty

The world’s royalty

“The right to exclude or to expel all aliens, or any class of aliens, absolutely or upon certain conditions, in war or in peace, [is] an inherent and inalienable right of every sovereign and independent nation, essential to its safety, its independence and its welfare.” – Supreme Court of the United States, 1893 I come … Continue reading

A dirt road prevails

A dirt road prevails

I want to tell you a story about a dirt road. It’s a simple story, as you might expect, being about a dirt road in a small town in Maine. The road doesn’t get plowed in the winter, and the rest of the year, it has puddles and potholes. It also has footprints and tire … Continue reading

I don’t even like football

I don’t even like football

There’s a place I go in my soul that says, honey, I left you in June where the sidewalks were hunger and failing to disappear. There’s a place I go where I can’t undo myself anymore; I can only exist in the medium space between understanding and not trying to understand, where I hold my own heart and lean into the heart of holding me. Continue reading

Dying in the age of Facebook

Dying in the age of Facebook

It’s March in Hungary. It hasn’t rained, so the day holds both the warmth of the sun and the faint chill of a winter that is ready to let go. I am wandering along a bridge between Buda and Pest after climbing a hill over the city in the evening light. I’ve been thinking about … Continue reading

Begin at the end

Begin at the end

I want to start at the end. At the part when she’s laughing at her graduation.But I cannot tell you about her split-face smile, the way it shakes with raw and unreasonable nerves, restless pride swelling, the seams of her dress stretching to expand with her heart that is skipping beats when she’s standing at … Continue reading

Radical

Radical

The Uber driver is a New Jersey woman who becomes chatty as we pull away from the 30th street train station and turn the corner. She launches into a story about the woman she just dropped off, which leads to a story about a woman who cussed her out and a mom who packed her … Continue reading

Somewhere in Queens

Somewhere in Queens

I get off the subway somewhere in Queens. I am here to meet friends for a quiz night in a bar nearby, a New York evening in September when the city is still warm from the day but the air is cooling with autumn. The nights feel between things: the same way the day held … Continue reading