Stories from the Stage When faced with adversity, it’s easy to believe that the universe is conspiring against us. However, the lessons we learn last a lifetime. Linda learns the difference between curses and kindness; ToRena works to recover economically after the 2008 crash; and Marlon uses comedy to lessen the pain of war. Three storytellers, three interpretationsContinue reading “Stories from the Stage”

Here’s to One Beat Words Here’s to one beat words. Short and sweet and quick. Hot in your mouth, fast to say, they leap from tongue to brain in a flash. They amp up your tone and add salt to your prose. And by one beat words I mean short. Short words are honed to work fast. Why? MostContinue reading “Here’s to One Beat Words”

Something Bit Him The Husband stops me in the hallway. “I’ve got ticks in my bed,” he says. Maybe he wants to abandon the guestroom and return to the bedroom formerly known as ours. That’s how I think during our divorce.  He looks up from his smartphone. “A whole mess of them.” He shifts the suitcase strapContinue reading “Something Bit Him”

We Were a Party of Two, but Never Quite Alone

Modern Love, New York Times During our four months of dating, he had asked me repeatedly to move in with him. Now, with a smile, he was asking again. “I want to talk to a few of your exes,” I said. His smile faded. “You can choose who,” I said. “Anyone you’ve been with sixContinue reading “We Were a Party of Two, but Never Quite Alone”