Monthly Archives: July 2011

Sacred

I don’t know how it is for kids not raised with religious fervor, but we spent a lot of time contemplating salvation when we were children. I could actually feel my soul. The heft of it. Later, I thought it must have been my heart … Read more

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Costuming

“He went through a profound cape period,” she says. We’re discussing the fact that our sons seem, always, to be in the middle of a play.

But I am thinking of a construction spike I found when I was ten: the wood sanded, the blade … Read more

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To guide you

I was house-sitting when my brother phoned to say he was stopping by with a present. He’d recently moved back to town, and was legal, so we had begun socializing together for the first time in our lives. I was 24. His present was cocaine.… Read more

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Sneak

Whoever designed and built our quarters in Hawaii had imagined the staircase as an elegant centerpiece. But, in military fashion — you’ll have rectangles, or nothing! — the stairs were an awkward boxy eyesore underneath a really big window. They were also the gamut I … Read more

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Teen novel

When I was fourteen, I wrote this novel about six teenagers who left their homes and built an intentional community in the woods. It was sort of My Side of the Mountain with more characters and bitter romantic drama. I worked on it every night … Read more

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Xed out

Being unaffected is a playground skill. We’re trying to explain this to the kid. “If you get upset, they can tell they’re getting to you.” But he is upset. He’s been upset for the last twenty minutes. Because they did get to him.

“You know … Read more

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Authoritarianism

Tell me what we teach children by hitting them.

Or maybe I should say it this way, do you hit your child because your child belongs to you, because your child is your responsibility? I’m assuming you don’t hit your co-workers when they “act out.” … Read more

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Allegory of the soul

If I tell you that McGonagall fulfills a powerful need in me, will you have any idea what I’m saying? I’ve always read Hermione Granger as the child Rowling, and McGonagall as the old woman Rowling. The tough, fierce, clever women who understand all too … Read more

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A guest blog by Sally Bellerose

Sally Bellerose‚Äôs book The Girls Club won the Bywater Prize and is forthcoming from Bywater Books. Bellerose was awarded a Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts based on an excerpt from this book. The first chapter won first place in fiction … Read more

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Boys tumbling down

I can’t remember his name. The kid so high up in the tree that none of us can see him clearly. This is Jersey, first grade, and the rest of us are playing ball in the street. We shade our eyes, peer into the tree, … Read more

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