There was a chair in the front window of my teenage bedroom, but I almost never sat there. It faced into the room, because all there was to see outside was the house across the street, with its dirty-blond buzz-cut of a yard and a security system sig...
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Today it's been 14 years since my dad died, and in most ways, it seems like longer than that. I've done a lot of living - maybe too much? - in those 14 years. But I can still hear his voice in my head, and I can still feel the hug he gave me in our d...
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
I've always been drawn to the things we're not supposed to talk about. I remember the night when, toward the end of writing A Homemade Life, I got into bed, switched off the light, and suddenly was hit with a very bad idea, an almost electric impulse...
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
I started my Monday by listening to Blood Orange until my ears fell off, which was nice. Then my friend Jenny told me to watch this (old-news) video (that I somehow had never seen before), and with that, my week is off and running. Hi to you. Now, bu...
Monday, October 3, 2016
It doesn't look like much
Helloooooooooooooooo. I didn't mean to be gone for so long. I know what some of you were thinking, and I am delighted to report that I did not give up on blogging. I also did not die. But it's been a long, hard, dizzying summer, I will say that, with...
Friday, September 23, 2016
Out here, up here
Today I come to you from Sitka, Alaska, where I've been since last Saturday, leading a writing workshop on memoir and place. I'm among the faculty for the first-ever Sitka Arts and Science Festival, a week of multi-disciplinary cross-pollination and ...
Friday, July 22, 2016
I am not, in general, someone who keeps a running catalog of her favorites: favorite movie, favorite book, favorite song, favorite color, favorite number, and so on. A couple of decades ago, if pressed, I might have offered The Shawshank Redemption a...
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The opposite of fancy
In August of 2014 - which, for those who are counting, was twenty-two entire months ago - I mentioned my friend Natalie's "famous cucumber dip." A bunch of you asked for the recipe, so I e-mailed Natalie, and she sent it promptly. The recipe is not f...
Monday, June 13, 2016
It seems lately that I’ve found a lot of good reasons to not cook – or, if I do cook, to not cook anything new or anything that requires more than a passing thought. I’m a big champion of scrambled eggs for dinner, as you likely kno...
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Every year, my friend Brandi takes her preteen niece Paige on a trip for spring break, and this year, June and I went along. Last week, the four of us spent four days exploring the Grand Canyon and nearby Antelope Canyon, eating trail mix (the kind w...
Monday, March 28, 2016