Situational Awareness

You may find yourself descending into a broken deck of clouds when unannounced traffic appears at 12 o’clock, climbing up into your descent path. Your captain is talking about scuba diving with someone in the jump seat, so you push the aircraft nose down and to the right and avoid a deadly collision. Babe, if … More Situational Awareness

Uneasy entertaining

In late spring, my kid went for a walk with some friends she hadn’t seen in a while, and they ended up hanging around outside our place as dinnertime rolled around. In normal times, or times when have I felt empowered to manage a global public health crisis with “an abundance of caution” and some … More Uneasy entertaining

One Year In, Everything’s Looking Good

Now that we are approaching the one-year anniversary of lockdown/quarantine/variable pandemic conditions, and multiple vaccines have miraculously been developed, and news reports now include vaccination rates alongside infection rates, hospitalizations, and deaths, it seems like a great time for a message of uplift. If anyone has one, please send it in. And in the spirit … More One Year In, Everything’s Looking Good

Oh, hi. Hi! How’s it going? How are you these days? I am making some choices. I didn’t call back my sister, with whom I actively wanted to speak. I decided that the best way to handle texts from people was to just read them and nod but not indicate any response that they could … More

The Nearness of You

How are you doing? How is it going today? Are you getting enough sleep? What’s happening? Here are some things that I know are going on with some people: all across the country, people are fostering animals that were in shelters. Some shelters are getting 10 times as many requests to give a home to … More The Nearness of You

Quarantine kitchen

How are you doing? Here is something to see, not experience, right now: intensely touchy human-to-human kindness, brought to you by a creative professional who is so, so, so Californian. I am such a Masshole, and my hair is a travesty, and I love this so much. I should point out that this hairstylist closed … More Quarantine kitchen

Providence AF

One night while sitting at a bar where I thought they served no food, we discovered they did indeed serve food, albeit only Spanish tinned seafood. Specifically: cockles in brine. Cockles in brine! We did not opt for it. By the time I got home, the first word had stretched to “cockerels;” “cockerels in brine,” … More Providence AF