barking backward

barking backward

“The old dog barks backward without getting up. I can remember when he was a pup.” –Robert Frost, “The Span of Life”   My boyfriend’s older brother was twenty-one. We were seventeen at the time, FULL STORY

you can’t see a black hole

you can't see a black hole

  If you’d never been born, well then what would you be? You might be a fish! Or a toad in a tree! You might be a doorknob! Or three baked potatoes! You might be FULL STORY

Pennsylvania B & B

Pennsylvania B & B

    “There are five individually decorated guest rooms, two with a fireplace and three with a bath. The North Room features a hooped canopied bed and an assortment of antique pieces, including a washstand, FULL STORY

What is stability?

What is stability?

  “I venture to say that most people most of the time experience the same four-o’clock-in-the-afternoon devaluation. But I have noticed an interesting thing. If such a person, a person like me feeling lapsed at FULL STORY

Cocktails

Cocktails

    ANGER + DISGUST = outrage ANGER  +  SADNESS = betrayal ANGER + FEAR = caged animal DISGUST + FEAR = horror SADNESS +  SURPRISE = disappointment emotional mixtures for drawing facial expressions formulated by Scott FULL STORY

fictitious events

fictitious events

  “The strike is so spontaneous and logical a consequence of working-class existence that  most European languages have quite independent native words for it (e.g., grève, huelga, sciopero, zabastovka), whereas words for other institutions are FULL STORY

pinky and leather

pinky and leather

  “Wonder who first slid in to use another creature’s skin for staying warm—” Carter Revard, from “Skins as Old Testament”     she has this uncharacteristic fantasy of wearing leather clothing items and accessories. not FULL STORY

my christian mortgage

my christian mortgage

  “Savannas are the tropical grasslands where the hippo roams, the miasmal mist is the mist from the rivers and marshes the hippo inhabits. Why does Eliot say that the hippo will ascend to Heaven FULL STORY

worry lines

worry lines

  –loss of strength and muscle weakness all over the body –double vision –blurred vision and drooping eyelids –hoarseness or loss of voice –trouble saying words clearly –loss of bladder control –trouble breathing –trouble swallowing FULL STORY

rooves without houses

rooves without houses

  “They passed a dead man in a sitting position on a hummock, entirely surrounded by wild animals and snakes. Common danger made common friends. Nothing sought a conquest over the other.” –Zora Neale Hurston, FULL STORY

a problem like maria

a problem like maria

The Agents of Outrage: An embassy attacked. Diplomats murdered. The new calculus of violence against America. Brooklyn is Finished: Or has it only just begun? You call this an election? Could China and Japan go FULL STORY