First Bow

First Bow

    When I was twenty-four I met Naoyoshi-San, my new boss, and we drove up a corkscrew road through the mountains to a village called Kosuge. We reached the town hall where I had introductions, a flurry of bows from the staff and tea with the mayor. We...
Mother on Earth

Mother on Earth

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. – Psalms 127: 3-5   Selfish I assumed I would conceive naturally when my husband and I decided to start a family. I didn’t. We turned to fertility drugs with ambivalence. Reports...
An Eye That Never Closes in Sleep

An Eye That Never Closes in Sleep

Winner of the 2014 Neil Shepard Prize in Non-Fiction “Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay I know the word: colic. I know the last waves of exhaustion held aloft, in a voice—not a story but the margins of what comes...
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