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June 27, 2020

In the past month, I've been filling gaps in my education. I've learned about redlining, Juneteenth, The Negro Motorist Green Book, and the Tulsa Race Massacre. I learned that George Washington's dentures were not wooden; but instead, were made from the teeth of slaves...

May 30, 2020

Friday, May 29, 2020.

It is 1:27 a.m. The windows are open, and two barred owls call and respond. A duet.

I am on the couch looking for words about George Floyd. I can't find them. Silence is complicity. The owls know. They call over and over, looking for one another. I...

May 23, 2020

Last night, I dreamed I showed up to my album release show at Noce, an upscale, reputable jazz venue here in town, and suddenly realized: a) the album wasn't finished; b) none of us in the band had played together in a whole lotta months; and c) I couldn't remember the...

March 30, 2020

Part 2… (Part 1 is Here.)

Between March 25, 2014 and April 13, 2016, there were 28,616 cases of Ebola across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. 11,310 died from it. (Read HERE.) 

At the time, recognizing that without containment, it could become a global pandemic, the U....

March 30, 2020

Part 1… 211

I have been sick with a “mysterious virus” for 2 weeks now. Symptoms were mild last Tuesday (3/17), but still mirrored what I was seeing in the COVID-19 symptom list. Because I’m a mom and was looking at a whole lot of extra time spent in close proximity to...

March 21, 2020

It is exactly noon on a Saturday, and like "exactly noon" every Saturday, the tornado sirens scream -- a weekly test. Today it feels sinister. I hear the wind chimes in the backyard. The birds argue. My neighbor runs his shop vac. If I didn't know any better, I'd think...

March 19, 2020

A Poem

"Don't leave my house?"

You don't have to tell me twice.

I was made for quarantine.

This is my best life.

(The end.)

I can be light about it, because:

1 - I have a salaried day job. The checks come even when I'm at home on my couch.

2 - I am food secure.

3 - Home is a...

March 9, 2020

I listened to an On Being (Krista Tippett) interview with Sandra Cisneros today before I even knew it was International Women's Day. Cisneros is one of my favorite writers. She wrote my #1 all time favorite short story ever, "Eleven" (from Woman Hollering Creek) and on...

January 1, 2020

Last night, I cleaned the kitchen while listening to one of my favorite podcasts: The C.R.E.A.T.E. series. I'm sure I've talked about this series before: A director (Kristen Hanggi) and an actress/yogi (Natalie Roy) weave together spirituality, eastern philosophy, mode...

November 30, 2019

Life got a little dramatic recently. There were sirens.

The short story is that I passed out. Twice.

The longer story is that I passed out in full cartoon-character glory: on Manfriend’s birthday, at Manfriend’s gig, surrounded by people I know at a venue where I play fr...

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