By day, I'm a cooking teacher, foster parent, cog in the nonprofit machine, and poet. By night, I'm a creature of the internet. My soul is that of a grumpy cat who'd rather be sleeping.
Off the Map
Of course, she had to work the night her children were taken. Work had gotten her into this mess – without anyone to watch the kids after school, she’d switched to night shifts, working as a security guard. It paid well enough, and her shift started at 9 p.m. – an early bedtime for 11-year-old Jayla, but she understood. She’d done the right thing, calling the cops when eight-year-old Elijah had woken up with a nasty asthma attack.
Ava winced and closed her eyes as the phone started buzzing in her pocket. Just one minute, she prayed, looking past the person in front of her to the checkout clerk. In exactly one minute, I can make it back. I can. She looked out the bodega’s flier-packed window at the blurry, moving forms of her three children. They hadn’t even noticed she was gone. That looked like Jayla on the slide, with Nevaeh tucked snugly between her legs as they inched their way down the plastic. She couldn’t make out his features, but she knew that had to be Elijah pumping madly on the swings. She shifted her weight back and forth, anxiously bobbing on the balls of her feet, thumbing the heart-shaped locket at her throat. She could see them. She could SEE them.
When The Fish Can't Find The River
I have never held a gun. I didn't grow up in gun culture. I didn't live in a place where kids played sanctioned hooky on the first day of hunting season. No one I knew had a gun safe in their house, a rack on their car.
Seven Little Camping Tips That Make a Big Difference
Did you know there over ten thousand state parks across the United States? Many of them have campsites available to in-state campers for just a few dollars a day! As kids get out of school and the summer really takes off, it's time to consider camping - the perfect socially-distant outdoor adventure. Whether you're a camping veteran or have never pitched a tent, here are seven things you can learn from my experience - and save yourself some trouble.
Room for Better
Imagine: Your child has been taken away. The people take her ask you to help them pack her things. You shake as you stuff her favorite hoodie and jeans into the trash bags they provided. You find a pair of socks with a hole in the toe and wonder, is this why they’re taking her? You wish you had a suitcase. Or some boxes. They tell you, “Oh, this is how we pack most kids. Don’t worry.”
The Slap Heard Round The Internet
There's a special place in both hell and the newspaper for the sort of people who commit crimes that are simultaneously desperate, dumb and hilarious.
Songs of our Foremothers
The rise of women's liberation in the 1960s and 1970s was both a political and cultural movement that shaped everything from workplace politics to fashion. Music was no exception.
The Broadway Baby Pride Playlist
Theater has always been a haven for the queers, the misfits, the outcasts - people who knew intimately about the power and the terror of putting on a show day after day. People who understood that costume, makeup, and choreography can create a world you recognize AND want to live in - or even just visit.