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September 27, 2017
My Kite Boy
This post originally appeared at Good Letters on June 5, 2012. I woke at one...
July 25, 2017
As Petals Fall
“Why are you in the dirt?” he asked, trundling to where I crouched. “I’m pulling...
July 19, 2017
On some summer nights, it seems the world is brighter, more visible in a quiet...
July 11, 2017
The Case For Charlie Gard
Charlie Gard, the English child you see here, will likely die—indeed, by the time this...
February 16, 2017
Epiphany in the Memory Unit
By Cameron Dezen Hammon. The priest’s wife handed me her half full can of beer....
January 09, 2017
Hea i ka Haku
By Marlene Muller On day two we fired the harpist. “The music is really very...
June 29, 2016
The Dragon and the Yahrzeit Candle: On Forgetting and Remembering, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. I dive into the pool. My body remembers water. My body remembers...
May 15, 2015
Go Ahead and Have the Damn Children!
I was working from home a few days ago, on a day when both of...
May 06, 2015
My Rainbow Connection, Disconnected
By Chad Thomas Johnston It was a Saturday night and my wife, Becki, wanted to...
May 05, 2015
When We Die
A text from a friend: “What do you believe happens when we die?” She’d recently...
April 24, 2015
The Soul of the Law
At the beginning of the old Norton Anthology of English Literature (4th Ed.) appeared this...
February 20, 2015
Back to the Drawing Board
To say I can't draw myself out of a cardboard box is to assume I...
November 19, 2014
Trouble Called Again Last Night
Trouble called again last Thursday night. The number illuminated in the landline phone's small window....
March 27, 2013
How to Visit a Grave
Guest Post By Shannon Huffman Polson 1. Drive down unmarked road in rental car to...
March 04, 2013
The Day My Parents Were Raptured
In the spring of 2002, my sister Alyssa and I left college behind for a...
February 07, 2013
Becoming Both Daughter and Mother
Women are strong, strong, terribly strong. We don’t know how strong we are until we...
January 06, 2013
The Anniversary of My Father’s Death
“After the first exile, there is no other.” —Rosellen Brown, The Autobiography of My Mother,...
November 30, 2012
The Cost of Writing the Truth
I remember my mother used to go to bed for the day. The blackness of...
November 01, 2012
The Scatological Opportunist
Train up a child in the way he should go. Even when he is old...
October 14, 2012
Mending Our Mother-Daughter Story
I finally saw Brave this past weekend, and I can definitely say that I had...
October 11, 2012
Blessed Are the Tentmakers
For my daughter, Evangeline Sofia, who celebrated her first birthday on the second day of...
September 26, 2012
My Mother’s Lullabies
My mother used to sing us to sleep. Her lullabies weren’t choruses of “Twinkle, Twinkle...
September 23, 2012
A Story About Beauty
I have my father’s hands I have my mother’s tongue I look for redemption in...
September 14, 2012
The Armchair Astronaut Packs for Mars
This post is adapted from my manuscript, The Stained-Glass Kaleidoscope: Essays at Play in the...
August 15, 2012
The latest fashionable parenting wisdom is that a parent’s wisdom doesn’t matter. Some public intellectuals...
July 24, 2012
Conversation and (Self) Revelation
“Wonderful woman. Horrible children,” I overheard as I was leaving a store, right behind two...
July 03, 2012
Coming Home to Fatherhood
I recently saw a brief clip of a ten year-old girl in her classroom who...
June 20, 2012
To See Her More Clearly
Growing up, my siblings and I were left on our own to figure out how...
June 15, 2012
In Another Lifetime
Early one recent morning, I’m still half-asleep. The cat lies curled up between Craig and...
June 05, 2012
My Kite Boy
I woke at one thirty with a start. My heart pounded in my ears. My...
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