On a beautiful August evening, David and I took a walk around Mount Tabor before bed. The city lights were muting the sky with a pale tangerine glow and it wasn’t quite dark enough yet to view the Perseids, which everyone was there for. Couples were out strolling in hand-holding pairs, while giggling duets echoed […]Read more "How To Watch The Stars Fall"
(Read Part IV here) The waves pull at me, prevent me from sleeping. It’s been at least an hour since Captain passed out, a half hour since Marco fell asleep, judging by his snoring. It sounds like he’s competing with the waves tonight. I lay on my bunk staring at the bottom of Marco’s bunk, […]Read more "Sirens (Part V)"
The cherried curtains tickled her back, blown in by the breeze through the open kitchen window. She sat at the Formica table, her thighs stuck to the vinyl chair cushion, eating bologna, which she didn’t like, on bread covered with Miracle Whip, a tang that bit her tongue. The kitchen smelled like gas because of the […]Read more "Grandma’s House"
I recently saw a post on Facebook. My friend’s daughter had “graduated” from kindergarten. It’s everywhere: graduation inflation. You get a cap and gown because you didn’t bite [too many] people in kindergarten, you passed 8th grade, you got your GED. But if everyone else is doing it, I will too. I want a lesbian […]Read more "Lesbian Graduation"
Two months from today, it’s going to be my birthday. I will be wearing sparkly Minnie Mouse ears with an “It’s My Birthday” button on my chest, eating dinner at Disneyland’s Blue Bayou restaurant. I plan on being deliriously, unapologetically happy. But right now I feel that I owe a bit of an apology for […]Read more "I Am a Disney Heroine"
If every plan you’d originally made for your future falls apart and you’re unsure how to even begin sorting through it– it’s probably a good idea to just leave it alone for a while. Leave it alone and just start watching a lot of television. Or at least that was my theory when all my […]Read more "A Crime Fighting Back-Up Plan"
(Read Part III here) “You know what sirens are, kid?” Captain asked me today while we worked. I pictured my mother’s body being loaded onto the ambulance, the wailing sound it made when it first pulled up to our house, too late. “No sir,” I answered. I’d recently taken to calling him “sir.” It seemed […]Read more "Sirens (Part IV)"
A grape vine has escaped the neighbor’s yard. It is trailing over their fence and tantalizingly hanging over the sidewalk. Do you pick a bunch? I do. It’s now off their property and if the vine is growing lusciously, surely they have tons of grapes behind their wall. According to The American Heritage® Dictionary of the […]Read more "Usufruct Laws"
What part of town do you live in? Oh, you live there. I lived there for a while. How much did you pay? Now that I think of it, I don’t know how I ended up in that building. Did you ever go drinking at the Hollow? How many people are you dating? We might […]Read more "Happy Bridge"
I woke up in the middle of the night with this sensation that I had to pee. RIGHT NOW. Pee in the bed right now. It was 2:30am May 3rd. I rushed to the bathroom and sat on the toilet just as the waterfall made its exit. Oh man. My water broke. I smiled, a […]Read more "Matthew Ali: A Birth Story"