People, especially in college, often assume I’m from New York City. It happens frequently. Speaking to an acquaintance, or even a good friend, whomever I’m with will peg me as a New Yorker. I am an Ohioan, a Midwesterner, a … Continue reading
Socorro County, New Mexico got its name because parched men were given water at the village it used to be. In my fuzzy reenactment of the legend, Spanish settler Juan de Oñate and his men crawl across the desert, gaunt … Continue reading
Blue Bathroom This past January my parents told me and my brother that they would be selling 134 Steele Rd—our house—this spring. The news prompted sentimentality, tears, and a Google search: “katharine hepburn west hartford.” Under Images, I did not … Continue reading
“Mind if we pick your apples?” The request isn’t as strange as it might sound. In Montana, the last week of September through mid-October is bear season. The most common bears to descend into the valley are black bears, but … Continue reading
Megan is moving or talking to me or picking the broken glass out of her hands, her feet, her scalp—I don’t have a clue. But she is alive. That thought: Megan is alive Megan is alive Megan is alive. Only … Continue reading
Few places are as patriotic as Coronado, California. Few communities have given so much to safeguard the rest of the nation. Off the town’s northern edge, the U.S. Navy first landed planes on ships, marking a major shift in American … Continue reading
The Appalachian Mountains were just hills. I was a painfully shy eight-year-old, my brother was a brave fifth grader, and we were fresh from the West, where kids read quickly, we got real snow, and mountains were screaming, sky-scraping shards, not … Continue reading
It was heading east, our way, but we had other things on our mind. There had always been storms. By then we had already cancelled our appointments. We had nowhere to be. Mom bought a transistor radio, a lantern, and … Continue reading
I never thought California would become a habit. The promise of eternally sunny skies, though attractive, left me unmoved. I’m from Denver, where 300 days of sunshine and stunning mountain views are the norm. So although I like the beach … Continue reading
New England winters are beautiful at their beginnings. People always laud autumn leaves, and sure, I get it, but the real heartbreaker is early winter: Thanksgiving through New Years’, when the leaves dry out and it finally snows, and you … Continue reading
Each state has its customs, its traditions, its ways of thinking and modes of dress.
“Everyone says you can eat the little ones.”
Night is settling over the farm, and my milking shift is almost up. I hunch my shoulders inside my dust-filmed jacket, dipping the tip of my nose below the collar to warm it momentarily before turning to the paddock and … Continue reading
Though it’s the state capital, there are almost no direct flights to Lincoln, Nebraska. I fly through Detroit and Omaha. As I walk out into the carpeted hallway in the Omaha airport, there she is, wearing the black fitted jacket … Continue reading
In fourth grade we took a tour of East Rock Park, though everyone in school had already been, since everyone in school lived in East Rock Neighborhood, or so I thought at the time. Our guide was Ranger Dan, who … Continue reading
“YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE SAD,” the twelve-foot billboard along the left side of Route 93 shouted at me in tall neon letters as our car went roaring past. Of course, it didn’t say exactly that. It was probably … Continue reading
Mémère and Pépère’s potato farm sits at the end of Bradbury road, three minutes outside of Fort Kent. My mother and her six siblings grew up on this farm with my grandparents, harvesting potatoes until the tips of their fingers were sore and stained with fertilizer.
It’s the day after Christmas and I’m moving to Bethel, Maine, in what feels like the middle of the night, but then again the sun sets early this far north.
When my aunt turned forty and I graduated high school, we celebrated our adulthood with a pilgrimage…
I could see the Rockies as I biked to work. They loomed on the horizon, peeking over Denver’s trees and storefronts…