photo by Marko Seppänen

wallpaper

On the home tour, John and I stood holding hands and looking at a wall covered in splotches and splatters of plaster so nubby and thick it cast shadows in the late afternoon light. “What is that?” I wondered. “Did

photo by Marko Seppänen

wallpaper

On the home tour, John and I stood holding hands and looking at a wall covered in splotches and splatters of plaster so nubby and thick it cast shadows in the late afternoon light. “What is that?” I wondered. “Did

by David Foggo

knocking

At first I expected an answer. There was no doubt that someone would hear me knocking. The door will open any moment now because that’s how it works—knock and the door opens: on this we can all depend. After awhile, I

by David Foggo

knocking

At first I expected an answer. There was no doubt that someone would hear me knocking. The door will open any moment now because that’s how it works—knock and the door opens: on this we can all depend. After awhile, I

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neighborhood

I was at the sink rinsing my coffee cup when he left at 7:30, as usual. And as soon as the garage door closed, I saw their curtains disappear. Well, that caught my eye.  She was ripping them down like

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neighborhood

I was at the sink rinsing my coffee cup when he left at 7:30, as usual. And as soon as the garage door closed, I saw their curtains disappear. Well, that caught my eye.  She was ripping them down like

by Eibatova Karina

the first day

Teacher (poses with her props—a stack of papers, a tweedy blazer, and a pair of reading glasses—behind the lectern at the front of the room): Hello class, and welcome to AP English. Student (a beefy boy at the back of

by Eibatova Karina

the first day

Teacher (poses with her props—a stack of papers, a tweedy blazer, and a pair of reading glasses—behind the lectern at the front of the room): Hello class, and welcome to AP English. Student (a beefy boy at the back of

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In case of emergency

There are two doors in our house: one in front and one in back. That should be sufficient, but you never know. There are two windows in the kitchen, but only one is big enough to crawl through. There’s a

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In case of emergency

There are two doors in our house: one in front and one in back. That should be sufficient, but you never know. There are two windows in the kitchen, but only one is big enough to crawl through. There’s a

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Elevator 

  They’re on the elevator on the third floor, trying to get to the fourth. He pushes the button for the basement, realizes his mistake, and hits the button for four.  Only the basement button lights up. She says, “That’s the

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Elevator 

  They’re on the elevator on the third floor, trying to get to the fourth. He pushes the button for the basement, realizes his mistake, and hits the button for four.  Only the basement button lights up. She says, “That’s the

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If I Had a Dollar (Why I Am a Feminist)

Because my mother was a painter and a beauty when artists had patrons and a woman like that needed a man to take care of her, so she married a money man. Because my mother’s mother was a beauty and

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If I Had a Dollar (Why I Am a Feminist)

Because my mother was a painter and a beauty when artists had patrons and a woman like that needed a man to take care of her, so she married a money man. Because my mother’s mother was a beauty and

image courtesy Lynn Skordal

Women Being Seen in 2014

Beyonce Being seen, being seen as a whole person—woman, mother, body, brain, artist, aesthetic, sensuality, mastermind—is a neat trick. I don’t care what they say. I want to see more. You make feminism look good. Hillary Every word, every move

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Women Being Seen in 2014

Beyonce Being seen, being seen as a whole person—woman, mother, body, brain, artist, aesthetic, sensuality, mastermind—is a neat trick. I don’t care what they say. I want to see more. You make feminism look good. Hillary Every word, every move

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merry and sad

I love it when the snow starts falling on my blog.  Here are some scenes that fit perfectly with the falling snow, to get you into the silent snowy night mood.  If you pause here for a moment, the snow

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merry and sad

I love it when the snow starts falling on my blog.  Here are some scenes that fit perfectly with the falling snow, to get you into the silent snowy night mood.  If you pause here for a moment, the snow

by Kristijan Hranisavljevic

breadcrumbs

In the book I’m reading, I come across this passage: There is the old story of Somerset Maugham reading Proust while crossing the desert by camel, and to lighten his load he tore out each page after reading both sides

by Kristijan Hranisavljevic

breadcrumbs

In the book I’m reading, I come across this passage: There is the old story of Somerset Maugham reading Proust while crossing the desert by camel, and to lighten his load he tore out each page after reading both sides

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second person

In a writing class recently, we experimented with first and second person.  Why not third? I don’t know, since it’s my favorite.  To me, first person is sometimes too personal, and second is just too presumptuous, but third lets me

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second person

In a writing class recently, we experimented with first and second person.  Why not third? I don’t know, since it’s my favorite.  To me, first person is sometimes too personal, and second is just too presumptuous, but third lets me

image courtesy Omer Agam

Grizzly Peak

“It’s getting really late so we should go soon.” “I’m almost ready, mom.” “I don’t know where Megan lives, so you’ll have to be the navigator.” “I said okay.” I stand at the open door watching my daughter stuffing things

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Grizzly Peak

“It’s getting really late so we should go soon.” “I’m almost ready, mom.” “I don’t know where Megan lives, so you’ll have to be the navigator.” “I said okay.” I stand at the open door watching my daughter stuffing things

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the hierarchy of desire

At table 8, she introduces herself (I am your hole-filler, your anonymous food-bringer, faceless feeder), takes their order, and scoots back to the kitchen where her boss, Mulholland, is waiting by the door. His lips are pursed, but he’s not asking for a kiss. “Full hands in, full hands out,” he reminds her, and his eyes inspect her so thoroughly it feels surgical.

image courtesy angelica maria zorrilla via Flickr

the hierarchy of desire

At table 8, she introduces herself (I am your hole-filler, your anonymous food-bringer, faceless feeder), takes their order, and scoots back to the kitchen where her boss, Mulholland, is waiting by the door. His lips are pursed, but he’s not asking for a kiss. “Full hands in, full hands out,” he reminds her, and his eyes inspect her so thoroughly it feels surgical.

image courtesy UBU

redux

First: I keep working like a maniac, thinking I’m making time to write at week’s end, but that time never happens.  By Friday, my time is stale and moth-eaten and stuffed full of dirty laundry so starting next week, I’m going

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redux

First: I keep working like a maniac, thinking I’m making time to write at week’s end, but that time never happens.  By Friday, my time is stale and moth-eaten and stuffed full of dirty laundry so starting next week, I’m going

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feather, finger, pen

The other day my 75-year-old father came for a visit. We went to pick up my daughter Gwyn from elementary school and then to a café where he treated her to a hot chocolate. Gwyn sits in her chair, swinging

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feather, finger, pen

The other day my 75-year-old father came for a visit. We went to pick up my daughter Gwyn from elementary school and then to a café where he treated her to a hot chocolate. Gwyn sits in her chair, swinging

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brief vacation

                                                                Day 1 I feel funny in a bathing suit.

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brief vacation

                                                                Day 1 I feel funny in a bathing suit.