Paradise

Paradise

My husband and I recently spent a week in beautiful, temperate, laid back British Columbia–mostly in Victoria, but with a couple days in Vancouver at the end. It was, in a very intense and basic way, a vacation: we had no responsibilities to order our days or curtail our fancies, save to feed ourselves. But … Continue reading

Silence

Silence

Save for one strange and dreamy interlude, my words seem to have all dried up since Columbo died. Everyone and everything went sort of grey and unfocused when we lost him, including a sense of my own place in the world. I knew he was an integral part of the solid and shining family core around … Continue reading

Perchance to dream

Perchance to dream

The afflictions of modernity are varied, numerous, and sometimes mysterious; and, I think we can probably all agree, often very, very boring. Such pains are no less serious for all that, however; for example: the neck and back pain resulting from constant connection to phones and laptops; the head wounds from texting and walking; the … Continue reading

Prodigies of nature

Prodigies of nature

In the landscape I inhabit, urban wildlife usually comes in predictable forms. Raccoons and squirrels are regular visitors to my backyard and roof, and I see them (or their sad carcasses) all over the city–anywhere humans might be trusted to drop or store food, really. Still, I also sometimes go into my city’s constantly shrinking wild places; maybe … Continue reading

Kids

Kids

Well, I’m not having any children, that’s flat. Having finally, maybe, achieved a level of maturity that would make me a good(ish) parent, I find I am now both too old and broken-backed for it; but I don’t want them anyway. (A few years ago, baby-sitting a certain precocious darling, I realized that if I had … Continue reading

Measuring misery

Measuring misery

Never mind that dramatic, emotionally wrought title: let’s talk about science. Specifically, let us consider how we may effectively communicate to one another, but especially to doctors, precisely how badly we are feeling as a result of winter illness. From your common cold to double pneumonia and the whole wondrous cornucopia of wracking joys between, I believe … Continue reading

2015: Year of the Woolf

2015: Year of the Woolf

It’s been a satisfying and frustrating year; one of highs and lows, hope and something approaching despair (never actual despair; there would be no talking about full and ripe despair); productivity and slackness; the joyful and the maudlin…. Where am I going here? Straight to Dickens, it seems: 2015 really has encompassed the best and worst of … Continue reading