Beer at the Lake

Beer at the Lake

You are the odd mom out, the one who doesn’t hang with the pack of moms, the one they don’t really get. You are standing at the lip of the swimming lake. It is a family camp in the summer, you are there with your husband, your kid’s schoolmates,...
FUCHSIA MAROON TIMBERWOLF

FUCHSIA MAROON TIMBERWOLF

How full the walls are, teeming with paintings that he isn’t sure deserve to be called that. How he fed her, all her life. How her mother had to return to the workforce because he was adrift and they needed health care. How, as he doled out little bayous of...
ACT QUIK

ACT QUIK

After my dog George ran away, I sat on the couch and watched five minutes of the Cavs game, then decided I should go find him. I put my jacket and scarf on. I stood outside and whistled, and he didn’t come. I walked out in the cold. The wind off the lake was heavy and...
Perforated Caterpillars

Perforated Caterpillars

Surrounded by a burgundy interior, Clem and his grandmother are stopped in the high speed lane in dead stop traffic. Between Clem’s feet is a medium soda with no ice and a bag full of fries. He’s eating a burger next to his grandmother, still wearing her nurse’s...
Away

Away

When the inflatable bouncy castle I’m jumping in with a handful of five-year-olds is lifted off the ground by a gust of wind, I think of my cousin Garnet and her story of being snatched by a hawk. Six years ago, when we were twelve, we were both sent to Camp Spruce in...
From The Apartment on Market Street: A Visit to Macy’s

From The Apartment on Market Street: A Visit to Macy’s

A few days after it came up with our relationship counselor, Seth, we made our way to the Macy’s cosmetics counter at the Holyoke Mall. The Holyoke Mall was the shopping mall at the nexus of biggest and closest to us, so that one of the things Anna and I did together...
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