The Underworld

(This is also the transcript for the podcast Breathing Out Stars — Episode 31) There is a moon…

In attesa – waiting

While we watched an Italian game show, we packed. So it was extra easy the next morning to…

Mille passi – a thousand steps

There is a place I have wanted to go. But last time I was not mobile and it…

Questi stivali – these boots.

It was many years ago during a dermatological excision that we, in our family, learned that Nancy Sinatra…

Mercoledì

The city is hot.  We are on the numero 15 tram…stiamo andando in centro – we are going to…

Il cuoco — the chef.

I was told the most wonderful story. Thank you, A, for this. He knows that I have written…

I prossimi passi …the next steps

We did it. We flew. The first day I always think — I am fine. But it is…

Blue Grace

Episode 23. Blue Grace. It was Grace. It was pure, unadulterated grace. Like the old-fashioned kind. The Gift…

O Pandemic Wedding, O Happy Day

(This piece was debuted at Whiskey & Words, Madison, Wisconsin, October 21, 2021 for The Madison Reading Project)…

Wedding Bells & The Blue Shoes

I am not the first to write about a wedding and neither will I be the last. My…

Remarks from MJAL Candlelighting December 13, 2020

We fly together through the darkness, holding onto the window…

The Hanukkah of Fire & Light.

It was a hundred years ago and it was ten. It was a time when the world was a certain way — before it became a different kind of world, a certain other kind of way.

The Hot Sauce Bride: a memorial.

I cooked obsessively during the funeral.  If you stop, you know — and look at the screen…then the…

Prayer & Healing & Not Always Fixing

‘….we kept talking about it while going down the elevator. In fact, we couldn’t stop talking about it…’

Il blu — and the parrot.

Faccio un casino. I am a bit of a mess. Time zones, eh. I am meeting B, of…

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