A Weekend in Blacksburg

My friend is studying to be a wild life scientist, a trapper and catcher of information about the world’s dwindling carnivore populations.  He’s approaching his graduation date, but I am only just now getting in a trip to visit him, because after two and a half years, I am finally ready to be separated from […]

The American Legacy

My daughter crinkles paper, blows on the tree to make it live, festoons herself with silver. So far she has no use for gifts. What can I give her, what armor, invincible sword or magic trick, when that year comes? How can I teach her some way of being human that won’t destroy her? I […]

A Stone, A Tree, A Memory

When I was fourteen, I went to live with my father in Scotland for a month.  He had been stationed there for some time, but this was my first trip to Europe.  I was beyond excited to finally go to a country that I had romanticized since birth. Being a moody fourteen year old that […]

Cancer Sucks: A Goodbye

I had a dream the other night about a woman who was coming after my family.  She was long haired and thin and she kept knocking on the door to our house, which kept opening, over and over and over.  I tried relentlessly, but I was powerless to stop her as she walked in and […]

So Many Miles to Go Before I Sleep

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” I know that I am grieving, because poetry keeps running through my head.  A fragment here, a stanza there.  It […]