Trauma Anniversary, Nov. 8

Some anniversaries of loss come, for me, in a kind of anxious restlessness, where I'm churning far above my body, wondering why I feel so disconnected. Others come with the feeling of being pulled into a pit. In many cases, I'm not self-aware enough to really understand what motions my body and psyche are going … Continue reading Trauma Anniversary, Nov. 8

Writing about Disability and Illness… in Pittsburgh and online!

On August 12, I will be leading a one-day workshop, with Creative Nonfiction on "Extraordinary Embodiment: writing disability and chronic illness" in Pittsburgh. Yay! If you (or yinz) are in the area, I hope you'll consider joining me. Illness and disability are universal human experiences. But too often written works about these experiences can be … Continue reading Writing about Disability and Illness… in Pittsburgh and online!

One of my son's plastic soccer trophies, a gold plastic cup with a soccer ball on a stone base.

Post-Publication Book Awards

After my first book, Opa Nobody, was published, I suddenly realized there was a thing called post-publication book awards. I was in the flurry of trying to promote the book and therefore getting used to this foreign book-promotion world. I was also working full time, and, to make things complicated, I the mom of a … Continue reading Post-Publication Book Awards

Rings of Saturn with colors enhanced to show their differences; bands of blue, then red, then greenish, then tan. Thank you, NASA.

Letter to Myself, as a Depressed Person in These Times

Dear Sonya, I wanted to remind you that given the state of the nation and government, it’s totally normal to be super-depressed. The daily assaults on reason, fact, morality, and the future itself all seem to require a candle lit in the house of mourning. And you—while making your calls and going to rallies—have lit … Continue reading Letter to Myself, as a Depressed Person in These Times

Paul Ryan’s Soul, Such As It Is

Paul Ryan Says Free School Lunches Give Kids "An Empty Soul." (Time Magazine) Paul Ryan, Expert on Living Without a Soul, Says Free School Lunches Give Kids "An Empty Soul" Paul Ryan Says Free School Lunches Give Kids "An Empty Soul," Wins Final Round of Dehumanization of Poor People Challenge and Claims 2016 Gingrich Cup Free … Continue reading Paul Ryan’s Soul, Such As It Is

Sewing Myself Back to the Noir World, with a Peach Pit Under My Tongue

I am trying to knit myself back into a world that is not so much changed as noir. The contrast is way up, a black-and-white movie of the previous life. The villains belong to my childhood, so 1980s with their Cold War mentalities and their penchants for Reaganesque excess and their truly reprehensible hair. In some … Continue reading Sewing Myself Back to the Noir World, with a Peach Pit Under My Tongue

If You Voted for Trump and Regret It, What Next?

Hi. Listen, I know you are feeling confused and maybe a little nauseous. I don't know what your trigger was for realizing something was wrong, but I want to applaud the sense of independence in you that led you to pull back and reassess. I wanted to first say that you are not a pariah. … Continue reading If You Voted for Trump and Regret It, What Next?

To Survive Trump, Ask an Abuse Survivor

For domestic abuse survivors or survivors of any kind of abuse, the experience of having a terrible & erratic man in our lives with a huge amount of power is scary & triggering. Hell, it's scary for all of us. Tonight, Trump let forth another outrageous tweet, one that actually is an insult both to reality and … Continue reading To Survive Trump, Ask an Abuse Survivor