Category Archives: Life

Bayou Blues

I never expected to be here. No one told me to move to New Orleans, or that I could find a job that allowed me to sit in the sun all day. The water, orange-dark and filmy, holds and carries … Continue reading

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For my best friend: August heat. Crickets drone in the far-off fields. The sun is a dusty circle in the sky. The stereo plays a mix For You, songs we shared in middle school that assault our ears with nostalgia … Continue reading

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Today is a horrible day! I texted him at 4:45, on my way home. All I wanted was to lie in a warm place with good smells and maybe fall asleep. Maybe cry a little, but mostly just wait for … Continue reading

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Love is all about resistance. Anything can go too far, if you think about it too long, but as far as I can tell, love is the most dangerous. Love will not just drag you down, but it will drag … Continue reading

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The Loneliest Night of My Life (A True Story)

Dear Friend, Loneliness is a bitch, and the foreignness of your surroundings makes life hard. No one likes to be patronized, but I can tell you that I was in your shoes once, more or less. I walked cobblestones and … Continue reading

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I walked back to where I’d come from, my boots scuffing on the straight carpet. He was sitting in his usual pose, crammed against one side of the square armchair, a stapled stack of paper covering his face. I loved … Continue reading

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Cold Water

Never underestimate the power of cold water. We once jumped in Flathead Lake on New Year’s Day. Flathead Lake is in Montana. New Year’s is in January. So it was pretty fucking chilly. And though we be Californians now, superstition … Continue reading

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She was half-deep in icy mountain lake water when it began. The sun was dipping behind the ridge; the light compressing into a thin line of gold on the ridge line. She looked up, across to the other end of … Continue reading

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Born On The Street

They gave her the baby on Christmas, so she calls him Immanuel. For his circumstance, he is remarkably healthy. He weighs seven pounds and can barely open his eyes. We go to visit; eat burritos on our laps before washing … Continue reading

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Being single really doesn’t feel any different than being in an LDR, she wrote on facebook. In fact, I can’t tell the difference. I often wonder if I’d be able to tell the difference. If I’d still think about him … Continue reading

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