Originally published May 7 This week there’s been a quiet buzz, barely perceptible but impossible to ignore — like a scent you can’t place, or a piece of grass grazing your leg, or a hint of cinnamon in a chocolate chip cookie. Our beaches have partially opened (no chairs, no blankets, no sunbathing; yes surfing, yes… Continue reading Weeks 6/7: Balancing Act
Originally published April 27 on Medium They’re protesting because they want to be able to go to the park and the beach. I know, we do too. But we’re going to wait until its safe. Well, I guess they think it is safe. Because there is a lot that we don’t know about this virus… Continue reading Weeks 5/6: Us and Them
Originally posted on April 16 Here we are, again. Still. Not much has changed from last week. Is that good news or bad? We’re wearing masks now (good news or bad?). It’s funny how you can still tell someone’s expression from a mask. Though most of my fellow groceries shoppers were well protected it was… Continue reading Weeks 4/5: Growing Pains
Originally posted on April 7 on Medium Photo by Tom Rogers on Unsplash We got news that we’ll most likely, probably, 99.9 but not 100% definitely out of school until the new year begins. Of course, we knew this was coming. It’s not like it was a surprise. Still, the news breezed in and snuffed… Continue reading Week 3: Cocooning
Originally published March 30 on Medium When I was a kid, we used to practice air raid drills. Even though I knew they were drills and an evil Russian bomb wasn’t hurling through the ether aiming for my classroom, I still felt an initial surge of adrenaline. I’d sit under my desk and smile at… Continue reading Week 2: This is Not a Drill
Originally published March 20 on Medium Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Did you brush your teeth? Tomorrow is a school day. Not really. But really. Do your math, read a book, there will be a spelling test. Yes, it counts. Do a good job. Don’t worry. It doesn’t really count. Dream sweet dreams.… Continue reading Week 1: Covid Days, Covid Nights
“This is lovely writing but I’m afraid it’s a little too quiet for us.” The “us” was a popular and well-respected website. I was happy of course, to have a personal response from the busy editor but it still stung, as rejections do. Yet, as is almost always the case, the editor was exactly right.… Continue reading Searching for Grey in a Black and White World
It's been a while since I've published an old-fashioned blog post. This one's just for you, loyal reader, who is still here after my long silences. I will not shop it to another site. I will not try to make some universal point about love, kids, relationships, etc. I simply ask that you take a moment and reflect… Continue reading Words to Stop Using to Make America Great Again
I've never posted anything blatantly political before because, quite frankly, politics is depressing. It's divisive. It's complicated. And I usually don't follow it closely enough to feel like I can form a truly educated opinion. But the US primaries are different. You can't not read about it. You can't watch and feel indifferent.
So, ignoring my usual inclination (and probably better judgement) to keep my beliefs to myself, I went ahead and wrote the following.
Hello friends. WordPress tells me it's been 8 months since my last post. That feels like a long time. In those 8 months I've done some soul searching, a lot of practical (yet sometimes dull) writing, and an embarrassing amount of nail biting. I've done some thinking, some re-thinking, some exploring and lots of reading. I've… Continue reading Under Construction