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December 27, 2017
Martha Stewart: Entertaining for Millions
Quick: before 2017 ends, I want to mark an anniversary that has somehow been missed...
November 14, 2017
Remembering Father George
My priest has died. Or rather, in Eastern Orthodox terminology, he has reposed. He has...
October 02, 2017
Bridal Veils and Blessing
In the back of the closet right, where I’d stowed it years before, I found...
September 11, 2017
Remembering 9/11 in Washington D.C.
Sixteen years later, 9/11 seems so distant that it is merely a touchstone for rhetoric....
August 16, 2017
Entering the Age of Subtraction
I am entering the Age of Subtraction. Almost as if there existed an imperceptible fulcrum...
July 13, 2017
The Beautiful Boy
It’s barely even summer and already, in our house it is the Summer of the...
May 30, 2017
Preaching the End of the World
For my husband, Brian Jarboe I learned the news that guitarist Chris Cornell’s death had...
May 03, 2017
Pascha, the Resurrection, and Ricky Gervais
Rays of midmorning sun shone through the window and fell in molten pools across the...
March 30, 2017
Share If You Agree
I have had it with the rage. It might drive me off social media. At...
February 14, 2017
Weddings, Women, Sweets, and Wishes
My heirloom cookbook was born during a Washington D.C. snowstorm in February of what was...
February 09, 2017
Ready to Run
Midway along the journey of our life I woke to find myself in a dark...
January 16, 2017
Martin, Everett, and Me
I am writing this essay on the fortieth anniversary of my father’s death, so my...
December 19, 2016
I Miss Gwen Ifill
For Kate Keplinger It is the blight man was born for It is Margaret that...
October 31, 2016
The Resurrection Volvo
Just about nine months ago—the Tuesday after Valentine’s Day, to be exact—I hit a carload...
October 04, 2016
Thank You, Black Southern Belles
In the twenty-plus years since the Internet became a feature of our lives, there have...
September 13, 2016
My September 11 Story, and Ours, Part II
For Scott Simon, and for Bill Craven Continued from yesterday. In the back of my...
September 12, 2016
My September 11, and Ours: Part I
For Scott Simon, and for Bill Craven Yesterday was the fifteenth anniversary of September 11,...
August 16, 2016
The Neglected Garden, Part II
Continued from yesterday. The dollhouse my father was building for me was still unfinished when...
August 15, 2016
The Neglected Garden, Part I
When my father built the house where I was born, the land was flat and...
July 28, 2016
Against “Amazing Grace”
In a world in which it seems that just about everything seems to be complained...
June 22, 2016
Psychotherapy, A Love Story
For Jessica Mesman Griffith A creature that hides and “withdraws into its shell,” is preparing...
May 16, 2016
Fun with Circumcision
Every year, when a specific national obstetrics and gynecology conference (or is it pediatrics?) comes...
April 11, 2016
A Strange Season for Inter-Christian Families
American culture, at this late and plural hour, seems to have pretty well normalized the...
March 07, 2016
The Abandoned, Broken, and Burned
By the time you read this, inshallah, we will have the new dishwasher purchased and...
February 04, 2016
Kolam: The Beauty of Uselessness
This one’s for Carin Ruff, and by way of answering my niece Kate’s question. A...
December 17, 2015
For the Love of Hank Stuever, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. Hank Stuever’s 2005 collection of essays Off Ramp: Adventures and Heartache in...
December 16, 2015
For the Love of Hank Stuever, Part 1
It’s been a rotten day. The Fed Ex package didn’t arrive; a typo slipped through...
November 09, 2015
The Curse of a Good Memory
First of all, it makes everyone hate you at parties. We all know that it’s...
October 23, 2015
Hamster Hospice: Caring for God’s Tiny Creatures
For my son, Alex In the final months before our hamster died, I would lie...
September 08, 2015
Blood and Silver
By Caroline Langston I stood in the security line at the Louis Armstrong International Airport...
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