hedonist, storyteller, solicited advice giver, desert dweller
It's Never Simple With A Lady Involved
It’s always the women that are the hardest. No one cares to see a man dragged out of a building in the middle of the night but word gets out it’s a lady and suddenly half the city’s out on the street, jumping to see, news crews flashing their cameras in my face, all the people yelling, and all the while she’s got to find her bag ‘cause no lady can go anywhere without her bag, not even jail, and I’ve got husbands and doormen crawling up my neck trying to tell me what’s gone and happened, and she’s always crying, for herself or for her bag or for the man she’s just killed. Then it’s my job to get her out of the building and through the crowd, and it’s near impossible to handle an arrested woman and all the people come pouring out to see me trying.
Don't Quote Me On That
When the elevator doors opened, Patti Interrante felt the shift in temperature immediately. The lower floors of the hotel were warmer than usual to accommodate the flower and garden expo taking place that weekend, and the constant misting systems used by most of the exotic plant dealers kept the place humid. Every hallway seemed to glow with the soft green lights that, according to the gardeners, kept the plants happy.
A Tortoise Can Only Ever Be A Tortoise
A tortoise placed in water will float. It can’t swim, but it will float. There is enough air up inside its shell to keep its head above water, but beyond that, it will be at a loss. Tortoises are very good at being tortoises but they cannot do anything else.
New Green Things
When the neon green radiation detectors on the corners of the buildings started blinking more than five times a day, I said maybe we should get out of the West, head to Boston or DC or New York. The cloud was coming our way, straight off the coast through California toward the Gulf, and Tucson was right in the hot zone.
My Parenting Passion
A Dream Is Born I loved magazines before I could even pronounce the word. I’d say “mazzah-geen” over and over, demanding that my parents hand over their just-read copies of Time and Science News and The Atlantic. I’d sprawl on the floor on my stomach, flipping through glossy pages and devouring stories and opinions and news.
Reunited With A Childhood Joy
I grew up in a red state during the Bush years, surrounded by a culture that celebrated all things masculine. At the same time, I was raised by a mother who had come of age during the second wave of American feminism, one that saw women marching in protest of laws and social norms that enforced a repressive, restrictive definition of femininity.
It's Your Time, Gemini
Gemini season is all about relationships - and not just romantic ones. If it involves connection or communication, it falls under the umbrella of the twin sign. This Gemini season, it’s time to tend to all the relationships in your life, whether or not you’re dating a special someone!
Castor and Pollux, twins of legend, heroes of old, who guided sailors and fought wild boar, still swing from the stars. Forever together, separate stars cast in the same constellation, they share some things (a mother, a story) while holding the rest (a father, a heartbeat) separate.