(W)Holy Thursday

First, I want you to start this song. Get settled. When did you realize you loved someone? Was it the moment they walked into your life or their subsequent departure. Maybe it was a moment of crisis, or a simple day together. Love can manifest itself in many moments, and like love, longing, can sit…

A Stroke… of Luck

T.S. Eliot began one of his formidable poem The Wasteland with the lines “April is the cruelest month, breeding/  Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing /Memory and desire, stirring/ Dull roots with spring rain” (1-4). On the last day of March in 2013 I was accepted into a Masters Program at the University of Chicago….

Stories My Mother Never Told Us… And Other Failures of Truth.

Last Fall I went home for my mother’s “65th” birthday party. I use quotes to say that the actual age of my mother is unknown to me. It’s been implied many times by my siblings that her actual age is different, that maybe she is closer to 70, that she had me in her 40’s and…

But no matter what the Crisis is…

How do you know you’re experiencing a Crisis? How does one make peace with the sinking feeling you get when something just isn’t right? For many people, myself included there’s a tendency to send the pain below. Avoidance is so much a part of the human condition that we can see it in the way people…

On Health and Healing

Audre Lorde said in the piece “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action” that silence was tyranny. And so in a moment of honesty, I want to speak truth, to unveil myself of the silence which has kept me. I have fibroids. A clarification, I have a fibroid. One, that exists like a Mille…

Origin Story

So what exactly is Vocal Fry? For most, it is the sound that people (re: women) of a certain age make when they speak. It is defined loosely as “a low, staccato vibration during speech, produced by a slow fluttering of the vocal cords” (Fessenden, 2011). There are a number of examples of it, and…