Many years ago I abandoned the Church of the New York Times in favor of the Church of Teaching Sunday School to 6-9 Year-Olds, where we discussed Why We are Here and What It’s All About, not because that was the curriculum but because those things were, and will always be, very much on the minds … Continue reading Something about the mystery of life and death.
Once upon a time, a few years ago (before COVID...), my little sister, the super-smart doctor, came to Memphis for a conference, and while she was in Memphis she came to visit me. And we were sitting in my kitchen, my super-smart sister and I, where I was trying to finish up a couple of … Continue reading Something about your brain.
It's Friday, September 10, 2021. Try, now, to remember precisely what you were doing on the evening of September 10, 2001. What were you wearing? What did you have for dinner? How was the weather? What were you planning to do the next morning? Can you remember? I can't. In general, I know that I … Continue reading Something about time.
Today was a Tuesday that felt like a Monday. And if you, too, thought to yourself, "Didn't we just have one of these?" well, you are correct; we did have one, back in July, which feels like 10 minutes ago. So today was a Tuesday, but it felt like a Monday, all day, at least … Continue reading Something cattywampus.
A writer I know was in her 50s when she discovered that her childhood was a lie. She learned the truth by accident, and the discovery knocked her off kilter, partly because it was traumatic and mostly because the truth came out right as she was starting to reconcile an already complicated personal history by … Continue reading Something about stories.
That moment when you shift from "I don't wanna" to "oh, hell yeah, let's finish this" goes by a variety of colloquialisms. "Shitshift" is my favorite of these terms, but that's because I'm impolite and unladylike. Don't think you know what I'm talking about? Oh, yes you do, silly. You know. You do know. You … Continue reading Something halfway.
If you've come here for some comfort, for some rosy, uplifting, "tomorrow is another day" inspiration, then you should walk away now, because that's not what I have to offer tonight. Unless you took a news hiatus day today, then your day, too, included trying to come to terms with a Texas open carry law … Continue reading Something unconscionable.
"Here's what I don't understand about you Americans," a Nigerian friend said to me once, years ago, "the people running for elected office here campaign like crazy about how they'll 'fight for you!' It's all they say, how they'll fight and fight and fight. And then they get elected, and you end up with nothing … Continue reading Something about fighting.