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 of...
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...
Making It New

Making It New

Twenty years ago, when I accepted a part-time job teaching ninth grade English at the Foote School, an independent school in New Haven, CT, my plan was to remain for a year while applying for positions at local colleges. My education and background (I had majored in...
The Tree That Saved My Father’s Life

The Tree That Saved My Father’s Life

  Texting While DrivingI’m waiting in the drive-thru for the sandwich I’ll need to split with the hungry, screaming toddler in the back seat when I get this text from my mom: “DAD IN ACCIDENT. TAKING LIFE FLIGHT TO OP REGIONAL. POSSIBLE INTERNAL BLEEDING. ON WAY NOW.”...
My Jonah

My Jonah

Twenty-seven years ago, I wanted a name beginning with the letter “J” for my son, to honor the memory of my maternal grandmother Jennie Strochak. An abundance of boys’ names begin with J, many of them Biblical in origin: Jacob, Joseph, Jonathan, Joshua, Jeremy (after...