Fires and Masks

(April 2, 2020) I used to love to visit the Fire Museum in Tokyo. There you could see the traditional irezumi tattoos of firefighters along with models of the tight rows of...

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Inheriting an Obsession from My Mother

And writing my way to forgiving her

(October 24, 2019) I came running into the house, my cheeks flushed from swinging. My mother was sitting at her favorite perch, the embroidered rocking chair. "Honey, I want to talk to you...

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Searching for Town Charming

And the seductive idea of living somewhere else

(August 22, 2019) One afternoon while visiting Ashland, Oregon, my husband, Barry, and I strolled through Lithia Park, admiring its dappled trees and winding paths. As we stood on a fairy-tale bridge arching over...

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It Didn't Get Better, I Did

Reflections during Pride month

(June 20, 2019) Happy Pride month! I am so excited to be living in a time when the LGBTQ+ community has experienced so much progress that we are able to have an entire...

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A Totally Biased Review of an Elementary School Play

(June 13, 2019) Full disclosure: Since I was a kid, I've hated school plays. With their choruses of singing first-grade elves, their trays of stale refreshments and drama coaches who may have...

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Liking the Cage

Fighting my way out of the cycle of incarceration

(June 6, 2019) When I was 23 I arrived at the same correctional facility that my father was sent to a week before his high school graduation in 1972. This would be a...

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