Monthly Archives: March 2013

The petals were already falling

My wife has the most incredulous look on her face. (I’m making it right now. See? Super incredulous.) And then she shows me her wrist. “You’re seriously asking me what my favorite flower is? It’s tattooed on my wrist.”

“Right,” I say, glancing at it. … Read more

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Data

In the 1950s, a scientist began a primate lab, and when infants were born, they were immediately removed from their mothers and put into diapers, for sanitary reasons. The researchers couldn’t understand why the babies clung to the diapers. It was understood then, of course, … Read more

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BFF Society

False intimacy is my biggest pet peeve. And I used to think it was a personal thing, you know? I don’t know you, ten steps back, pal. But it’s more insidious than I originally believed. There is, in our culture, a strange rush to pronounce … Read more

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Crank shaft

This week, I’ve been so angry at the world that it has been difficult to write sentences. I wish I didn’t love this world so much, sometimes. I wish it were easier to give you up, world. You are the worst relationship I’ve ever had.… Read more

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But the facts don’t support my anecdotal evidence

When you imagine a drug addict, what does that person look like? Seriously. Just imagine a drug addict. What do you see? Do you see Rush Limbaugh? Do you see someone middle aged with a career and a family? Prescription drug addiction is on the … Read more

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Just a note

Many thanks to Women and Words for posting my guest blog about Giraffe People today. This has been quite a week. My second novel, A Field Guide to Deception, won the Great Northwest Book Festival, which is particularly exciting because I can’t think about … Read more

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Othering

What do you do when someone intrudes on your boundaries? How big is your bubble? Chances are, your bubble is different from mine. And mine currently is different from what it used to be. In my twenties, it seemed perfectly reasonable for a stranger to … Read more

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I am fearless in the face of your teeth. Mostly.

The first time I lived with cats, it took me more than a week to stop covering my face if one of them climbed into bed. I was convinced they were going to bite my face while I slept. I have no idea where this … Read more

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I wrote this love letter to the way we’ll be

She showed us her gorgeous wedding dress, and she and Mary got rapturous about tulle. (I’m quite pleased to say that I know what tulle is when I’m looking at it, although I have no idea what it is when you’re casually telling me you … Read more

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