I love coffee. I also had to let go of coffee. In my angsty youth, coffee was everything. Walking into a warm room, that acidic, oily smell in the air, and because of the era during which I most drank the stuff, usually some couches around and hints of peppermint or vanilla floating into […]

This is a placeholder. Writing about family, at least for me, and at least about my family, was one of those ‘seemed like a good idea at the time’ ideas, which now has me feeling puzzled and mute. The problem isn’t that I have nothing to say; it’s that I have so much. Where do […]

  I think it’s probably no secret that I love to read. It’s the one thing I consistently use for pleasure, self-care, distraction from life, a reward, a rest, and to ignore all of the other things I need to be doing. I’d say it’s kind of a problem but…it’s reading. On the flipside, people […]

The first time I ate sushi…oh, my god. What a mess. I was on a date…I think? I’d met this guy – okay, no: this man – while working at Barnes & Noble in Kalamazoo. I looked up a book he was on the hunt for. He hung around and was in the cafe when […]

As a kid, my brother Jarrod’s bedroom window led out onto the part of our roof favored by all of us kids for its level of ease to climb on to and off of. It covered a portion of our cracked wraparound porch, the railing of which served as one step, the opened screen door […]

I left my ring in the airport bathroom and was on the plane before I noticed. I’d just given the flight attendants my usual assurance that if they had an empty seat to fill in First Class, I was more than willing to help them out by changing seats. This always makes them laugh, but […]

Pride of Place I’ll admit it: I’ve never been too proud of my country. I realize that’s a controversial thing to say, and I’ve never lived anywhere else so it’s also an ignorant thing to say. I get it. I’ll go a step further and acknowledge that I haven’t done much to change it, so […]

My original intention for this week’s writing prompt was Halloween-based, as today is, well…Halloween. I was thinking about costumes and how a lot of people get suuuuuper into dressing up. I don’t, because I grew up way out in the country and we rarely did anything for Halloween because my mom couldn’t be bothered. If […]

Travel: to move. To me, travel isn’t just about jumping in the car or onto a plane – though that type of travel is a godsend, for real. I like to think of travel as movement – moving forward, moving backward (sometimes bad, sometimes okay, sometimes necessary). Shifting focus and seeing new things, or old […]