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  • Walking alone with my sisters

    I heard a good one the other day.  A cat is out patrolling the street one night, and is raped. Afterwards, nobody asks: “Well, what was it doing walking alone? Didn’t it…

  • All about the face (no trouble)

    The Oxford English Dictionary says a selfie is: A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media. Origin: Early 21st century:…

  • A label should not save you

    Summer in Australia includes the Christmas season, and I was finishing up work with several clients’ horses. That time of year saw owners pulling into the driveway with trucks or cars towing…

  • Being female

    Describe myself? No time to think – really what comes first to mind: Female. 47. From Chicago. Brown hair. Picky about the company I keep. Maybe too particular about some things. Both…

  • In the meantime

    I hit a kangaroo on the way home on the weekend. It was that low, blinding winter afternoon sun, but I still saw him – five foot tall Powerful. He was obviously…

  • Broken heart

    Sometimes you must sit down and make a mental list of all the things that are wrong, then realize those things are parts of a whole, not individually whole. I did that…

  • Nights without planes

    Like JFK, or the man on the moon, September 11, 2001 is the event people will share with you where they were when they heard the news, or saw the second plane…

  • Empty space

    Somebody I knew died today. His body was found near a friend, who also died in the early hours of the morning. The two were killed in a road accident. No helmets,…

  • For my dad

    I was 21, and teetering between originality and influence. I was an art student, and that was just about the right place to be. Even before those crossroads, I had moved beyond…

  • Looking for Iowa

    It was probably 15 years ago. Route 9 across Iowa, and the rolling expanse of corn and soybean fields gave way to the necklace of small towns strung across the state’s northern…

  • Fish

    I know somebody close to me who once carried his life around in a plastic grocery bag. The kind of bags found blowing feral across highways or trapped in trees, and when…

  • Confusion

    Just when you think you could be doing the right thing, there life goes and bites you in the ass, to let you know you had it all wrong. It was 1989,…

  • Sex ed? Grow up.

    Over 30 years ago, my friend Alec and I crossed the former grassy plain that was the Dominican Priory, and walked up to a movie theater on North Avenue to see a controversial…

  • First date, worst date

    When I broke out of Catholic school into my public school freshman year, I maintained a connection to my grade school for a spell. It was a little like worlds colliding, but initially,…

  • Phantom limb

    I have this skin condition that comes about every now and then, and strangely, each time it appears, it always evokes the memory of someone I scarcely knew from a brief chapter…

  • Wellness – WTF?

    I was at a lovely event recently, and somebody stood up to speak on the internationally recognized merits of the concept of ‘wellness’. I can allegedly live longer, my body biological markers…

  • Journey

    I turned 46 in December, and on my dresser is a little tiger I was given more than 40 years ago. On a wardrobe in a space we call the ‘little room’…

  • Fuck the lemonade

    I had a phone call the other day and the message was to return a call to somebody I was waiting to speak with. I’ll call him L. We had spoken earlier,…

  • Popular-shmopular

    I think I blew my chances at popularity in second grade. My parents enrolled me at St Giles in Oak Park at the tail end of first grade. It April, a new…

  • It’s all right

    I was re-watching some of the first season of Mad Men tonight. The final episode is titled The Wheel, where Peggy makes a life-changing discovery, Betty gets some of her own back,…