Monthly Archives: May 2014

Feet

This week, the old man has been walking, barefoot, back and forth in front of the retirement home. He speaks no English, but we wave to one another when I pass. His black shoes tucked neatly against the bench. I love feet. They are the … Read more

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Vouchsafe

The pizza at Fire is profoundly delicious. It’s pizza that I dream about during the week. Last night, seated next to some creep telling the woman across from him that her job was to stay chaste and that he wouldn’t be seeing her much because … Read more

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In relation

Part of how we individuate as adolescents is to cast ourselves against our parents. My parents were devoutly religious. So I believed in nothing. I had an active death wish as a teen. I was self loathing. Riddled with shame. Contemptuous of everything. Desperate for … Read more

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Brave

I pulled the car into the tiny lot and tried to figure out which building she’d walk out of. She’d called it a carriage house, but carriage houses didn’t look like any of these buildings in my head. I almost felt sorry for her. The … Read more

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Talk talk

The best advice I got when my kid was born was to talk to him. “Just tell him what you’re doing if you can’t think of anything else to say,” a nurse told me.

Language is important for brain development, of course, but there’s something … Read more

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How I live without shame

I knew this old lady named Ruth Lewis years ago and she was the most joyful person I’ve ever met. I never had a conversation with her where she wasn’t laughing. Well into┬áher 80s and filled with a childlike delight.

Science does that for … Read more

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