Tag Archives: dogs

Boats

I. Sylvia Beach Hotel

Fifteen years ago, this was your surprise for his 30th birthday. You’d hoped to book the Edgar Allan Poe room, but had ended up in F. Scott Fitzgerald, decorative gin bottles on desks and shelves. Late May, lonely and ill, you … Read more

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Child

Years ago, my coworker had this sad, half-broken smile on her face when she told me that her 26-year-old son had survived for two years playing online poker because jobs were for suckers. “My son is a mystery to me,” she said.

And I had … Read more

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Collective animal

Maybe my wife’s snoring woke me, or maybe I really was trying to decide when I transitioned from third person to second. In graduate school, I discovered I could distance myself from the camera if I focused the camera on the girl. What is the … Read more

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Library

If you were to ask me, “How can you love this world?” as I often ask myself, the answer would be, “Because Ann Patchett writes novels.” Sometimes it would be, “Because Alice Munro writes short stories.” And sometimes, it’s more specific, the name of a … Read more

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Lonely things

Here is Warsan Shire’s poem, 34 Excuses for Why We Failed at Love:

1. I’m lonely so I do lonely things
2. Loving you was like going to war; I never came back the same.
3. You hate women, just like your father and his … Read more

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Stress monkey

“It’s probably good,” I tell her, “I’ve never had a little dog before. Clearly I let Hazel get away with murder. Is she the most neurotic creature ever? No doubt. But she’s so adorable.”

“Like dog, like owner,” Mary says.

“What do you mean? I’m … Read more

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Space Poodle

If I were going to tell a story about heroism, it would start with a girl and her dog.

I’ll be forty in a matter of days now.

And my life is quieter now than it used to be. More studied and less reverential. I’m … Read more

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Wear to me

I’ve had these same hiking boots since 1999. Years ago, I went in to get new laces and the boot maker scowled at me. “Don’t take much care of them, do you?”

I scrutinized my boots. The brown above the toes nearly worn off, mud … Read more

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Throw down

It turns out the new dog is only 9 months old. That’s 15 months younger than they said she was when we adopted her. She is intensely person-focused and will do anything to please us. She doesn’t feel the same way about the other dogs … Read more

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Courier

When my wife is angry with me, she’ll say something like, “You write a lot about grace, why don’t you have some?”

At the time, I don’t appreciate her question, but later, I find myself wondering about it. I feel like the work of my … Read more

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