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November 2022

Objects and Relationships: The White Flannel and My Body 

(Trigger Warning: Body Image, Food Insecurity, Weight)  I was 19 years old when I got a white L. L. Bean flannel from an Eddie Bauer in an outlet mall. It was white, with a gray and brown striped flannel pattern. Size: large. My mother had seen it while we were looking for winter clothing over the […]

Losing my Love

The year is now 2013. Kyla has taken a huge step back from the studio, and focused on starting a family. She still taught a few dance classes a week; but they were all hip hop which was the style I didn’t do. So all of a sudden, I started taking classes with the new… Continue reading Losing my Love

Grandma’s Grounds

My complicated deliberation on whether or not my Vavó’s (Grandma’s) house is a house or a home. (Second essay in the “No Place Like Home” essay sequence)

Do Things That No One Else Can (Final 2,000)

A lot of people must wish they were the sons and daughters of royalty during peace times I suppose. When I was little, my father led the American Legion during the Memorial Day parades and he always let me march with him. I felt like Bambi. No other kids were treated like how I was […]

Do Things That No One Else Can (1,000 Word Draft)

A lot of people must wish they were the sons and daughters of royalty during peace times I suppose. When I was little, my father led the American Legion during the Memorial Day parades and he always let me march with him. I felt like Bambi. No other kids were treated like how I was […]

Meet Me At The Playground

When you arrive here, things will be different. You will sit on the bench and you will study the empty swings and slides. There will be no one else there. Of course, the silence won’t last long, as your mind immediately begins to fill the void with noises of its own. You will hear the […]

The Hemlock Home

“HOME is where the heart is.” First appearing in J. T. Bickford’s novel Scandal, the cheesy saying is something we have all heard. It’s a seemingly innocuous quote meaning wherever you are, your home will be the place you feel the deepest affection for. No doubt you’ve seen it plastered all over Pinterest or crocheted…