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

Tiny Rituals

This past weekend I wore a pair of my Grandma Ruth’s turquoise earrings and they brought back a lot of memories. I grew up in her home and for a time we even shared a bedroom. I also share her name. I wouldn’t call Grandma Ruth a vain person but she took pride in her … 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

Numb

“9/11/01: It is 11:53 p.m. … I am feeling so numb, I can’t even cry.” It was around 9 AM on a gorgeous, sunny Tuesday.  I was driving on Route 5 west of Williamsburg, on my way class at VCU.  As part of my usual routine, I was listening to the local morning radio program … Continue reading