Living Alone – Really Alone

The day before my 59th birthday, mid-fall 2012, I adopted my first dog, Enza. She was 8 years old, seasoned yet still puppyish, had been cross-country several times. She preferred the right rear passenger seat. When I texted her headshot to a friend, he said, “Oh, she’s going to teach you a lot. I can … Read more

Early Life as a Kitchen Apprentice

I began learning to cook when I was nine; simple tasks: frying an egg, dicing onions, peeling potatoes, sloppy joes. Once I grew confident in the kitchen, I was eager to try anything. In the early 60s, Golden Press released Betty Crocker’s New Boys and Girls Cookbook, with its bright yellow cover depicting happy children, … Read more

Ants in the Time of COVID-19

Aesop’s grasshopper was a dancer, a prancer, a bit of a party boy. The ant was serious, determined, a bit of a worrier. The ant toed the line, worked hard, would never go hungry. The grasshopper trilled through summer, hopping through tall grass over the rivers of ants going about their gathering business. It was … Read more

Reconnecting in the Time of Virus

COVID-19 Day 8 of Retreat Throughout my teens and 20s, I had recurring dreams, nightmares actually, but the kind just shy of waking you in terror, a scream lodged in your throat. I had those too. But the dreams I had most often were of being forced to witness genocidal acts or their aftermath, forced … Read more