A Very Bad Good Friday

My sister died on Good Friday. Late that same evening, in an attempt to distract myself from tending to my grief, I found myself googling, “What does it mean when you die on Good Friday?” According to Christian mythology, a person who dies on Good Friday gets a direct pass to Heaven. No reckoning, no […]

Three Things, Issue Fifty-Three (The Pandemic Body Issue)

ONE: BREASTS Decades ago, when my kids were very young, I’d often be awake during the still, wee hours of the night. Maybe a stomachache or nightmare had roused a young toddler. Or perhaps I’d find myself gliding rhythmically in the rocking chair, fussy baby nestled in my arms, nursing them back to sleep. Sometimes […]

Caesar Salad with Spicy Croutons

In my opinion, there is rarely a time when a well-made Caesar salad is not welcome in my belly. It is so satisfying! And yeah, sure–I get that it has all those 90’s vibes and might even be considered outdated and outshined by a variety of new up-and-comers: shaved Brussel sprout salad, the resurgence of […]

The Practice of Pandemic

It’s Wednesday. Or is it Thursday? I blink open my eyes from a surprisingly satisfying sleep. A familiar ball of dread lays heavy in my belly until I remember my morning practice: I swallow and my throat feels fine. Check. I take a deep, full breath in and exhale slowly. Breathing, good. Check. All the […]

Three Things, Issue Fifty-Two

First, a word about this blog: two years ago, with the intention of honing my writing chops, I decided to create and publish this Three Things blog each Sunday with a commitment to see it through one full year. And it worked quite beautifully, I’m proud to say. My writing got better, but not necessarily […]