the old and infirm now imprisoned in facilities entrusted with their care which ban loved ones which bar therapists and nurses those routine comforts vanished along with their choice to keep in already diminished lives the meager consolations they had  the elderly the demented the disabled know death is not the only impoverishment nor the […]

Sixteen hundred feet beneath the verdant sea cliffs of Molokai — the highest in North America — at the tip of a wildly beautiful cove pummeled by an aquamarine surf, lies a little piece of heaven that for a century doubled as a kind of hell. Its inhabitants were lepers, and beginning in 1866, this […]

x-ray xray of hand

Last night I dreamed of shaking hands with strangers a succession of palms pressed together warm and dry and firm as if in a receiving line at an event we could not define which might have been a baptism or a funeral or a wedding of our hopes and fears in which touch was healing […]

How it holds you up, everything, offering, even the space vacated by what you loved blending with beauty eventually and can you feel how thin yet absolute your skin how it insists on separation and yet remember how wondrous the world dazzling your blurred eyes entering your small ears before you were human before you […]

Listen, they said, in the way of their kind, not caring if I did. The small rumble, the soft staccato of pearls tumbling into air from bodies too new to know, blind and modest as a palm, or a memory. Tiny ears tucked like page markers in a long book whose stories you love. From birth, […]

My laptop support team, Twigs White Oval on Black (informally known as “Spot”) and Twigs Voluminous Fluffiness (informally known as “Puff” ) have lately been chafing over all the attention given that other species via the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which concluded Tuesday  in New York. The televised annual spectacle this year involved more […]

Finding no one to admire I gather reflections my friend a Green activist flew across the ocean 1.6 metric tons of CO2 emissions to meet her new grandchild 58.6 metric tons per year who lives in Australia where a half- billion animals burn with our empty convictions. Our values collapse at the point of “me.” […]

Snow falls all night as I lie beneath down only the cat against my flank, her weighted contentment, making me necessary in the oriented world. Vertigo again —  reeling adrift —  meclizine in the dark and waiting, still, on the gradual repair of the rotting rudder. The aging body comes round slowly if at all […]

You do not have the flu. The cat is not sick, nor the dog lost. The bitter cold has not burst the pipes. The firewood is dry enough to catch the perfect flame thrown by the ordinary wonder of a rough-struck match. The small, wild things — plumed, delicate — fly hollow-boned to the feeders […]

The January 31, 1955 cover of Sports Illustrated featured a fresh-faced young skier, blonde curls falling languidly over her sun-and-snow tanned forehead, blue eyes meeting the photographer’s lens with a seriousness that belied her exuberant personality. Her name was Jill Kinmont, and at 18, she was the national slalom champ and a likely medal contender in […]