Butch Stories: Hate Cactus

“I can be just as angry as they are.”

Feb 24, 2017
Dance: On Ballet and Impossible Love

“I am here to learn the language, to learn how it feels in the body to dance.”

Feb 22, 2017
The Art of Catching a Breath: On Buddhism and Politics

“Revisiting Buddhism in this changed world is like a balm for my wounds.”

Feb 21, 2017
September 13, 2001: How Fear United Us

“I realized the work that I had been doing, the work that I was proud of, wasn’t enough.”

Feb 16, 2017
Frozen Ground: On Reporting a Statutory Rape Twenty Years Later

“I wonder if we’re all self-possessed marionettes, our strings on the inside.”

Feb 07, 2017
A Scar Is Not a Story

The sentiment persists that scars construct character. I wish it were that easy.

Feb 03, 2017
Under the Stars: Remaking a Family

“Perhaps the four of us, our family, is the only good thing left after all the destruction.”

Feb 02, 2017
Almost: On Catholicism, Belief, and Belonging

“I wanted to be the one Father Tom winked at, the one whose hair he gently touched with his large, sturdy hands.”

Feb 01, 2017
One Person at a Time: Notes on Climate Anxiety Counseling

I wondered: What were my neighbors’ nightmares about?

Feb 01, 2017
Becoming an Artist and a Parent in NYC

“In many ways, I’m back where I started—except now I’m almost twenty years older, and I have a kid.”

Jan 31, 2017
Teshima: On Hearing Loss, My Son, and the Sea

There’s the lingering fear that I’ll no longer be able to hear my son’s voice.

Jan 30, 2017
Drowning Little Things

“I heard the mower’s whine cease and a sound like screaming began.”

Jan 27, 2017
A Disaster Not to Be Found: On Survival (and Ultrasounds)

It had all started about five or six years earlier, around the first time I fell in love. I didn’t know when it would end.

Jan 25, 2017
A Strange Language: How a Chronic Heart Condition Has (and Hasn’t) Changed My Life

Sometimes I’m convinced no other person will ever know my fragile heart the way I do.

Jan 24, 2017
Bruce Springsteen: The Ultimate Dad

“The dads are here for Bruce; the dads hold these truths about Bruce to be self-evident.”

Jan 18, 2017
15 Minutes with M. Jenea Sanchez: Weaving Community Through Art

“Yes, the border divides . . . but the culture of this place is of one, not two.”

Jan 18, 2017
Pinecone Man

She thought she was probably hugging a murderer.

Jan 13, 2017
Tracing Time in Brooklyn: Windsor Terrace in the Seventies

“Someday we’d get jobs in Manhattan and have the freedom to do whatever we wanted.”

Jan 11, 2017
Santiago de Cuba: On Fidel Castro’s Farewell

“‘I am Fidel’—that was the official watchword for all Cubans mourning the Comandante.”