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Turmeric & Other Barriers to Entry

Fresh turmeric steeps a healing tea. Their roots, like a mound of deformed caterpillars, don’t inspire beauty however. When I peel the...

The Gift Grandmother Gave Me When She Died

Days before my grandmother died, she lingered in a coma, eyes no longer open, wearing the Joan Collins-like wig I’d seen her in everyday...

Vacations & Writing - The Battle

Vacations are hugely distracting to my writing. I love vacations. When I return, I always have a few moments of regret. When I’m...

Christmas Without Chimneys

Santa came through the open window, my mother said, as we didn’t have chimneys in Florida. Plus, he’d only come in the very middle of the...

My Response to Fear & Curiosity

Dear Fear & Curiosity, Fear, I need you. Curiosity, I need you. You both contribute to me. And yet, you both suffocate me, at times....

A Letter from Fear

Fear is cloaked in a doctor’s vest, a telescope around its neck: the ultimate authority. Fear walks into a room confident; it knows how...

A Letter from Curiosity

Curiosity is a cliff diver. A circus clown. Curiosity is my monkey muse. Wearing the Fendis. And cursing like a mother-fucker. Curiosity...

When the Zone is Not a Good Idea

A magical thing happens at moments in a writer’s life. You’ve likely felt it to in your art or your own individual expression. The Zone!...

I Don't Wanna & Doing It Anyway

I don’t wanna write today. I’m feeling the need to clean, to purge. I feel compelled to use the “listen to your body” excuse to not...

My Ideal Writing Space

If you could create your ideal writing space, what would it look like? Like boiling cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, fennel into a pot to...