Sometimes I think about a passage in the first part of Slaughterhouse-Five, where a middle-aged Kurt Vonnegut describes how he sometimes gets drunk in the evening and stays up late, placing calls to people he hasn’t talked to in years. The vibe is wistful: he has little to say t…
Sometimes I forget I'm a mother. Scratch that: sometimes, after directing my focus toward something else, I resurface into the knowledge of my motherho…
I don’t mean to gloat, but my kids are back at daycare. A few days before the start of the month the school wrote to the parents with options. The kids…
Spring has turned to summer, and beyond summer I can faintly see fall. My older kid still divides her memories into "before the germs were here" and "w…
It's a rainy morning here in quar. Rainy days are tough, since our whole routine with the kids at this time revolves so heavily around trips outside: u…
On Easter afternoon, our family decided to indulge in a walk by the Baltimore Inner Harbor. It was beautiful out, one of the preternaturally clear days…
When Jesse and I lived in Berkeley, we knew a lot of people who worked in science and technology. (Ironically, now that we live in the shadow of Johns …
A TYPICAL CONVERSATION CHARACTERS CHILD (A child, age 2 years and 2 weeks. Aside from Sesame Street,the characters CHILD mentions—DIEGO, LUKE, RAE-RAE,…
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