Generations

The Bathrobe: On Quilting and Memory

The act of quilting is the transformations of meaning and object.

Apr 20, 2017
How My Parents Met

“She revealed her affection for him while also noting his otherness.”

Apr 11, 2017
My Father’s Car, His Watch, and His New Nursing Home

I am driving my father’s car to my hometown to put him in a nursing home.

Apr 10, 2017
My Father, the High Line: A Fish Story

My father never shared with his family the story of the time he reeled in a 457-pound tuna.

Apr 05, 2017
You Will Be With Me in Paradise

“Femur, pelvis, flecks of skull—father’s remains are served in a silver tray.”

Mar 23, 2017
Messages for a Balloon: On Relocation and Families

We had other places we called home, other cities and countries and people who weren’t present that we loved.

Mar 21, 2017
When Cancer Runs in Your Family

In my frightened mind, so many people in my family had been reduced to that one word.

The Kitchen Drawer: On Black Families and Suicide

What I learned from her was that if you wanted to kill yourself, do it with no one around.

Mar 14, 2017
Saving Chickens, Saving Myself

“I know that it is scary to say something. That it is easier to think it is none of your business.”

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
What If: On Black Lives and Mental Health

“What if Granny had grabbed a weapon to protect herself from the invisible people?”

Jan 05, 2017
A Separate Dream: Faith, Family, and Knowing When to Let Go

When a hard line on intermarriage leads to exclusion.

Nov 29, 2016
A New Light: How My Daughter’s Pregnancy Made Me Rethink Adoption

An unexpected pregnancy, a birth, and a family reunion.

Family, Fate, and Two Astrologies

The Eastern Zodiac is one area of mysticism my family can all agree on.

Nov 07, 2016
Laissez Les Morts Temps Rouler: Goth Parenting in New Orleans

Maniacal clowns and pale men with eyes in their palms are the worst my son has to fear in life. Or so I wish.

Oct 31, 2016
Vacancies

“He’s overdoing it. He always overdoes it. It is just Halloween.”

Oct 26, 2016
Inheritance and Time Travel

“I fear inheriting motherhood, a hot white Southern house.”

Oct 26, 2016
How I Talk to My Mother

We share a weakening grasp on a native language, and this is something that ties us together.

Oct 12, 2016
Bringing Up Brother

I’ve been a caregiver all my life. Why don’t I long for kids of my own?

When an Adoptee Adopts

We wanted our son to know his first mother. Was it the right choice?

Aug 22, 2016