Monthly Archives: January 2017

Learning to Walk

I sat in the li-roo-roo and rubbed my step-outs against the bumps of the rug until they got warm. It had been cold in the walls, the sound of much tallers waving their feelers. I stopped the music box played a song my … Continue reading

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Mr. Hot Spot

He couldn’t get the fertilizer stink out of his nostrils. The sacks he delivered were made from liquid raw sewage brewed locally in Bakersfield. The odor seeped into his clothing and scalp. Even his dog Beast ran away from him. … Continue reading

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Down Payment, Redwood City

A drug dealer, M, helped us with the down payment of our house. He was one of my husband’s oldest friends. They’d grown up together in Redwood City. M’s dad was MIA or at least he never showed his face … Continue reading

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Almost, Eddie Palmieri in the Bronx

First-timers expect to see Arthur Murray standing in a striped bow-tie, but all they see is me in my 501s and a black turtleneck, and a lot shorter than Mr. Murray, which is why I started to teach dance in … Continue reading

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The Slippery Slope

I’m climbing halfway up the side of a slippery glass mountain, which is one of many I must ascend before approaching a volcanic range that lingers on the horizon. Luckily for me, I’m carrying a tube of Superglue in my … Continue reading

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Rabbet Joints: Avatar Continua

When I was married, I’d sat at my desk for four months waiting to be transferred to another department, and because none of my superiors exactly knew when that was going to happen and since I no longer belonged to … Continue reading

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Here Comes Another One

I’m running down the side of this volcanic mountain and I get my toe stuck on this overhang. In the distance, I see a ghoul waving his arms and screaming obscenities. I’m trying to free my foot, but I have … Continue reading

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Avatar Creator Drinks Coffee

Doctor said I’m supposed to start my day with a good breakfast. Last visit, my daughter had deposited a ten-pound bag of French roast beans on the kitchen table. Sweet girl. I brewed myself a cup, sliced myself a piece … Continue reading

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The Avatar Talks

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that story plus the parts about his being an alcoholic. When you’re somebody’s avatar, you get to know her more than you’d like. It’s a Vulcan mind meld. Even when she’s … Continue reading

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Introducing the Avatar

For the first time in years I could see veins on leaves and recognize moles on faces, which was well worth wearing a patch and completing a month-long regimen of eye drops following cataract surgery, except   something else went wrong—and … Continue reading

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