There was once a time when I did not live without the specter of illness around every corner? I lived a life that wasn’t conditional on the spread of a virus? I spent almost five decades making plans that weren’t likely to be cancelled anywhere, any time, with little notice, because of a nasal-swabbed test result? Could it be true?
Yes, my friends, I went to England this summer. I went during July, when the temperatures in Memphis were sweltering in the humid 90s. I went with my husband, who is English, […]
Get your head out of that phone. Be the realest thing around. Stop and look up. This is your “one wild and precious life.” Take it all in.
As my 30s came to an end I became anxious about this lack of constancy, and blamed it for my husband’s disappearance from my life. “To know who you are,” Carson McCullers once said. “You have to have a place to come from.” How could I expect someone else to know me if I didn’t know myself?
You stay alive you stupid asshole Because you haven’t been excused… –Tony Hoagland, from “Suicide Song“ Depression is a wildly confusing, exhausting trip to someplace you didn’t actually ever intend to […]
10 WAYS TO PASS THE TIME ON A LONG CAR TRIP WITH YOUR PARENTS AND THREE OLDER SIBLINGS (IN THE 1970s)
Spot license plates from other states. When this gets boring (after 3 minutes), read road signs out loud, at top volume, until your dad says his patented, “The next kid who says […]
It’s November, that month of prelude. At the end of this month the holidays will be upon us, to be repeated next month. And what do many of us do for the […]
By Julia Connolly Yellow-tinted aviator shades. Brown leather safari jacket. Tan patent leather fake Gucci slip-ons. Dirty-blond home perm. Marlboro. He was Frank, the 30-something Vietnam vet who sat next to me […]