Archive for September, 2010

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

mightier than the sword

he was eighteen. it was his second week of freshman year at a good university. you’ve probably seen the story. Tyler Clementi‘s roommate set up a webcam in their dorm room that could be operated remotely, then livecast and tweeted Tyler’s sexual encounter with another guy. three days later Tyler jumped off the George Washington […]

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Sunday, September 26th, 2010

the beautiful words

we’re in the checkout line at one of those big, sad stores that has seen better days. the plastic crap is crowding in. the lady ahead is counting change with shaking fingers, like she has been for the past thirty-seven seconds. the five people behind – me included – are beginning to flare nostrils. i […]

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Friday, September 17th, 2010

a shiny red apple for the teacher

first day. there are only six of us in the class, four new Ph.D students and two M.Ed students finishing up their final course requirements. we are there to study quantitative research methods. the words are unfamiliar, dust in my mouth. i am early, all nerves and butterflies and shiny eagerness, momentarily eight instead of […]

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Friday, September 10th, 2010

baby no more

my Posey girl is two today. last week, from the back seat of the car, she piped up, when i was a baby, i was CUTE! she then rocked her back and forth Stevie Wonder-style with her surefire cute-as-a-button face on, revelling in her former status as something adorable. i suspect Oscar may have been […]

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Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

the wind that shakes the barley

end of summer and the days grow cool and the air opens up like a vast canvas, all possibility, whispering at me like a siren. where do you want to go? i swear it hollers, cool breath on my neck. goosebumps rise in response. it does not bother to arch its eyebrows or its back […]

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Friday, September 3rd, 2010

spinal tap, part the 2nd: don’t take the brown acid

part one is here. so, my two day Ph.D orientation was September 1st and 2nd. yesterday. the day before. i was not there. i’d been joking for awhile about the campus tour part of the orientation, since the campus is about as big as a minute and i’ve worked there for five years, in four […]

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Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

this is spinal tap

i walked out of the hospital today feeling almost – though not quite – as surreal as i had when i stumbled in two days ago. almost as surreal, because no matter how flattering, 38 year old women do not normally stay in the pediatrics ward, in rooms festooned with Cinderella stickers and Mickey mouse. […]

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