Monthly Archives: January 2014

There are so many thoughts in my head, scattered and disconnected and disquieting. My head feels like the butterfly terrarium I visited with my grandma when I was little. I was awestruck by the tiny creatures gliding through the air … Continue reading

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Music

You know the music that sets you on fire? Everyone has it: The soul-sound, the music that makes you lean forward, bright-eyed, as you try to breathe it in and drink the warbling lyrics, let it settle into your pores. … Continue reading

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Roscoe

In Jamie’s room in Oxford, there was a highly disconcerting scuttling sound emanating from the wall. Little snuffling, shuffling, clicking feet scrambled from behind the shelves carved into the wall, past his desk to the poster beside the closet. Then … Continue reading

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Lawn Chairs

Facing fear #3: Lawn chairs. You’re quirking an eyebrow right now. All right, all right. It’s not really about the lawn chairs, even though I still get a sick, twisted feeling in my stomach when I see a row of … Continue reading

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Complacency

Facing fear #2: Complacency. It is so easy. It is so easy to lose that edge, that discomfort, that rattled, furious, dirt-streaked, addled warrior with the mad look in her eyes who slinks in and out of my consciousness and … Continue reading

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Time

Facing fear #1: The passage of time. One night when I was little–in second grade–my mom put me to bed with the usual routine. She read aloud while Katie and I snuggled close to her, wide eyes following along on … Continue reading

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New Year, New Word

My mother asked me on New Year’s Day, after the ball had dropped and we sat around the island in the kitchen finishing the last few sparkling drops of champagne and the spinach dip dregs, if I had any New … Continue reading

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