Year, Interrupted

2016 has been a strange year so far: a blizzard, a tornado watch, the rise of Trump, the death of my ┬ácomputer, a wedding! I keep thinking that I've finally found my footing, that a return to normalcy is nigh, but then I somehow end up tripping over my own two feet in snow that…

Dreaming of Dinner

Melancholy, I think, is a sort of default vagueness, a get-out clause, a smothering lack of focus. -Edmund de Waal (The Hare with the Amber Eyes)┬áTo be without a job is both exhilarating and depressing. On the one hand, you suddenly have time to do the things you've been dreaming of doing for months: reading…

As Tightly as I Can

In this world where every object was thrown away at the slightest sign of breakage or aging, at the first dent or stain, and replaced with a new and perfect substitute, there was just one false note, one shadow: the moon. It wandered through the sky naked, corroded, and gray, more and more alien to…

A Tomato Soup Eclipse

Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged.Missing me at one place search another,I stop some where waiting for you.-Walt Whitman (Song of Myself)It's funny to think I made this soup almost two weeks ago, but I've just felt so weird about posting it, considering the weather here on the west coast has been going…

Big Fish, Little Fish

When it's over, I want to say: all my lifeI was a bride married to amazement.I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.-Mary Oliver ("When Death Comes")Despite not being a poetry person, when I heard these words after Monday evening's intense front- and back-bend-themed yoga class (yes, *ouch*), they stuck with me. Probably…

Paradise Found

"East, west, hame's best."-the wise words of Gilbert from Anne of the IslandYesterday I woke up to the sound of car alarms going off and the girl upstairs playing the Village People at about 8 AM. The former didn't stop for at least a good five minutes and, as for the latter, the general belief…