She’s So Heavy. #MeToo

Unless you’ve been camping out in your Unabomber cabin for the past week you have heard something about the #MeToo viral campaign, a campaign that has actually been around for a decade. If you are a survivor maybe you also participated in the campaign. Me too. Harvey Weinstein preyed upon aspiring actresses for years and … Continue reading

Deep Breaths

I’m clutching the door frame with one hand as I lean over to hunch my shoulders. My other hand digs into my side while I bend over, trying to expel all of the air from my lungs. I need to breathe in deeply to force a yawn but nothing happens except for shallow jags of … Continue reading

Tampons and Flubber

“What the hell are you talking about woman?” Fall, 1996.  I left Dartmouth behind for an exchange term at Some say the West Coast is the best coast.  I say it’s expensive.  I arrived on campus with very little money to my name.  My books alone were $300 and I had to take out a … Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Disco Stu

In 1999 Karl worked as a technician at a Williamsburg veterinary clinic.  One of the receptionists owned a petite pug who was knocked up by a “fence-jumping terrier.”  (You won’t find that breed at Westminster.)  The pug was so small that her five not-so-small pups had to be delivered via Cesarean on February 15th. Karl … Continue reading

Lost In Translation

My very first digital camera came straight from Japan and all factory settings were in Japanese.  There were no English instructions.  I saved the Japanese instructions because there were pictures.  Pictures that told me how to use (or not use) my new camera.  Let me translate.