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We Who Saw This Moment Coming Never Wanted to Be So Right

We Who Saw This Moment Coming Never Wanted to Be So Right

Near the highest moment of conflict in my novel The Risk of Us, a family of three hears, over the radio, that Donald Trump has won the election. The little girl goes to bed wondering why her parents have fallen silent. After she sleeps, the parents say to each other, “We’ve lost our country.” I

Letter to a Facebook Friend Regarding Fear

Dear Rachel,Why worry about a few people driving down the street? Look at what’s been going on in every Democratic run city every night . I’m having nightmares of these black clad people attacking me on a street or in a restaurant. Look at what happened to Rand Paul and a lot of other couples

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Yuba Lit Community Discussion on “The White Space”/”No Man’s Land”
Yuba Lit Community Discussion on “The White Space”/”No Man’s Land”

These past two months I have been parenting, writing, teaching, and following the tumult both nationally and in my town of residence, Nevada City, California. To address these times, the reading series I organize, Yuba Lit, moved online to host a community discussion. Below are my letters to the Yuba Lit community about the outcome

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Pandemic Life
Pandemic Life

An essay about pandemic life, caring for chickens, the persistence of beauty, the end of the sun, with gratitude to Berfrois for publishing it: “Midnight Sun.” Here is the actual Beauty: At this time, I am home schooling a fifth grader, teaching an online writing class for Stanford Continuing Studies, and trying to hold both

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Language is man's metaphysical organ." --Bruno Schulz

Authenticity comes from a single faithfulness: that to the ambiguity of experience. Its energy is to be found in how one event leads to another. Its mystery is not in the words but on the page." --John Berger

Words are all we have, and they better be the right ones."  --Evan S. Connell

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