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|Essays · Poetry · Comedy · Art · Video||summer 2021|
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Sitting with Mama - An all-too matter-of-fact account of the author's experience of the last 7 hours of his mother's life.
Maria - They all lived Cajun-style, in the same yard, so Maria's whole life was within a 40-arpent plot of land...
Nine Crossings - On an unexpected life of long-term travel and the loss of loved ones in the home country.
Mama and Her Figs - A Cajun memoir about one of the most delicious aspects of growing up on the bayou.
The Fallopian Chronicles, part IV -
She said she'd let me push two more times and left. With the next push, she ran inside and said we had to do a C-section... I trusted her and that was that.
Why I Toast - I've come to understand that there are many dense layers underlying my passion for toast.
Why I Toast, II - I don't toast. I never did toast much -- never was what you'd call a bread person.
Why I Toast, III - Reverend Doughboy had no answer, and became so overwrought that he resigned his teaching post and spent his days wailing and rolling about in pig dung.
The Electric Scooter and the Fall of Dot-Com -
Whatever happened to all that lovely hippie shit?
The Fallopian Chronicles, part II - We went out for Italian food and a movie and had a solid discussion on the real possibility that we were never going to have kids.
The Fallopian Chronicles, part III - All I could think of was, I'm going to have a son that will someday forgo good sense for idiotic thrills like surfing or skiing -- even with hepatitis threats.
Strange Bedfellow - "There's poo in the bed," I whispered, shaking her shoulder in the dark.
Almost Equal - "On my way out, a gay couple was sitting on the steps of City Hall, defeated.
A Difficult Day - A chilling excerpt form the memoir of Kenya Prach, a Cambodian man who survived the Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge, as told to David Grayson.
Phantom Lover: Ode to Leslie Cheung - A detailed tribute that pays homage to the fallen star with a plethora of photos and an extensive retelling of his film career.
I Am Salad - That is, according to Taiwan's National Health Care System.
The Fallopian Chronicles, Part I - "Truthfully, I wanted to get pregnant by some happy accident and deal with things as they arose. Instead, I have to try and make something happen: I'm trying to control destiny. I've never been very good at this."
Taiwanglish - "This is goods for those who wish to enjoy simple and rational lives waste basket and flower pot." If you were confused by that sentence, read on.
Childhood's End - A native Florida gal's memoir of her long-time feud with her childhood nemesis, and how the story ends.
Psychic Friends - While hubbie's away, she held her first-ever slumber party, with just the (adult) girls. The psychic-for-hire was just the dash of added fun Martha Stewart would never have thought of.
Life in the Time of SARS - My experience of living through the time of SARS in one of the hardest-hit countries.
Waiting for the Goddess - Awaiting news of a cancer diagnosis
Roswell My Eye: A UFO Hoax - "To say there were flaws in the finished product would be generous. The Mylar was torn in places. The fishing line was perfectly visible. One friend remarked that the ship from Plan Nine from Outer Space could take this thing out with one hit...."
(I Can't Get No) Catisfaction - "My wife yells at the cats, I yell at her to ask her if she is yelling at me, she yells at me to be quiet so she can yell at the cats. The cats yell for any number of reasons...."
My Laramie Project - In which I unearth the disturbingly profound truth... that I'm a lousy investigative reporter.
Stopping on the Street for Coltrane: A Real Latter Day Saint - The guy in front of me had to sit in a very strange position so he could play his trombone and not sock the guy in front of him in the head. At the altar was a drummer, pianist, bassist, and bongo drummer, and this church was ROCKIN.
Whither Moocat? - Now it can be told: the truth, the whole truth, and then some...
Happy Palindrome! - Two-thousand two is, in fact, the first 4-digit palindromic year
since 1991... which calendar wins as the oldest possible one to use?
Happy Tiger, Everyone - An appreciation of Oakland's Chinatown
Tourist for a Day - Local girl makes like a tourist in her own town, for one interesting afternoon
Geography as Destiny - On not being there...
"Bastards" and "Sons-of-a-Bitch" - "there's this interesting trend I've noticed... That is, using the words "bastard" and "son-of-a-bitch" is now considered not only civil, but almost a
Watching the Pentagon Burn - a first-hand report of the terrible recent events in Arlington, VA, by a noted playwright and Arlington resident.
Communing with Mama - an earlier wandering on the experience of being unemployed.
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