Night at the movies

It had been a couple of months since we’d been to the movies, so recently my husband and I decided to see Hidden Figures, the movie about Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughn, three African American mathematicians who worked for NASA in 1961. We wanted something uplifting, inspirational, maybe even aspirational — in short, … Continue reading Night at the movies

Home

When I think about home it’s rooms that pop into mind: the kitchen at my grandmother’s house; my office in the early morning; the dining room where my children did their homework; my best friend Cathy’s teenage bedroom on the morning her mother and I sorted through her clothes a few weeks after she died. … Continue reading Home

Friday Flash: Snow

Friday posts are part of an ongoing series of short nonfiction essays inspired by ordinary events. Each piece is an original, stand-alone essay of less than 500 words. I step in frozen footsteps. Make my way past dry blacktop. Snow, loose powder, dances in the wind. I see the task at hand. This early-morning winter ritual repeats. … Continue reading Friday Flash: Snow

Flash Friday: On Twitter

Friday posts are part of an ongoing series of short nonfiction essays inspired by ordinary events. Each piece is an original, stand-alone essay of less than 500 words. (I'm posting this week's entry on Sunday, having spent the last few days catching my breath from Tuesday's election results. I'll be back on schedule this week.) I have what … Continue reading Flash Friday: On Twitter

Gutted

I spent yesterday working as an election judge for the first time. There were six of us, four democrats and two republicans. Two of the judges were high school students who volunteered to work their first presidential election; they were excited to be there, and they were awesome - smart, enthusiastic, and total masters of … Continue reading Gutted

Flash Friday: On Books

Friday posts are part of an ongoing series of short nonfiction essays inspired by ordinary events. Each piece is an original, stand-alone essay of less than 500 words. I wasn’t always not a reader. Before I finished the latest book, which took me more than two weeks to read and for which I now owe at least … Continue reading Flash Friday: On Books

Old habits, new resolve

It’s one week into 2016 and already my old habits nibble at the edge of my new resolve despite extraordinary effort to the contrary. But this isn’t an essay about failing, or falling short or even self-recrimination. Instead it’s a piece about hope. And intention. And turning back to the things that bring my life … Continue reading Old habits, new resolve