Monthly Archives: December 2008


I remember the silence. I know there were bangs and shouts and thunder and screams, but I remember the silence, the stillness of black skies and white snow and that space between time when you’re neither yesterday nor tomorrow, neither … Continue reading

Posted in Ohio | 1 Comment


Growing up, my brother was always accident-prone.  I was clumsy but lucky.  My brother fell off a cliff when he was ten and still has the scars.  I fell down a flight of stairs without a scratch.  My brother nearly … Continue reading

Posted in Hawaii, Ohio | Leave a comment

Tree People

Throughout most of my teenage years, my family ran a shop out of the front room of our house.  In the springtime we sold flowers; fruits and vegetables in the summer; in the fall we’d have pumpkins; and in the … Continue reading

Posted in Ohio | 2 Comments


At this very moment I’m sitting in a hotel in Portland, Oregon.  I arrived early this morning, having taken the red eye out the night before, and by all accounts I ought to be exhausted, I ought to be passed … Continue reading

Posted in Hawaii, Ohio | 1 Comment

Chinese Mom

A month after arriving in Hawaii, I moved out of my aunt and uncle’s house and into the apartment of an older Chinese couple whose son had gone away to college. I was renting his bedroom. It was small but … Continue reading

Posted in Hawaii | 1 Comment