Ch. 1 Spiderweb Cracks

Columbia, Maryland

My mother told this story many times. Sometimes, telling it simply to relate the story of how she survived a traumatic experience, and more often, to remind me just how difficult my coming into the world had been for her. …


Through inexperience and ignorance or sheer laziness and toxic positivity, it’s hard to discern. The fact that something so simple as an abscessed tooth has brought my dog to the brink of death and his humans, to the edge of despair, is appalling.

Day 1 — On the fourth of…


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We five squirmed in the back of our old car, parked outside the prospective new rental while the grownups talked in the front seat. We sat doubled up in seats and seatbelts — Roy had Cormac on his lap, Dia had JT and I had baby Sara in mine. My…


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Does anyone have any questions about what you’ve read so far? Anything that you would like to know more about, in terms of the book, or general topics that I’ve touched on but haven’t delved into? …


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We moved in with Lewis, Roy, and Dia in their small upstairs flat on 17th street in Buffalo’s West Side. Roy played basketball in the street with the neighborhood kids and we all got together to play street hockey and freeze tag. Dia and I became friends with the Puerto…


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Montreal, Quebec to Buffalo, NY

Driving through a blizzard in the Adirondacks of New York, the road was invisible through swirling snow, and staring into the driving flakes made me dizzy. My eyelids drawn relentlessly shut by the powerful fingers of Morpheus. …


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Ch. 2 A Fresh Start, A New Baby, and A Return to the Crazy.

Columbia, MD — Arlington, VA

Unexpectedly, after the latest fight and round of police reports Mom quit her job.

“We are leaving. Leaving Lewis, and your father, and all of this mess. We need a fresh start. We are going to California.” …


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I was born of a tornado, birthed by a turbulent, powerful and unpredictable storm. Raised in an earthquake — ever shifting, fracturing, unstable — I never stood on solid ground. My siblings and I, tempest tossed seeds — fragile, unformed, lacking roots — bound by genetics and bonds formed of…


Pandemic Reflections: Thoughts on the Covid pandemic from a frontline healthcare worker.

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As a physical therapist assistant, I never imagined that my job would require me to risk my life and that of my loved ones on a daily basis. In healthcare supporting services like mine we are familiar with…


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This photo is from a six mile snowshoe trip I did with Cascadia Wild on Mt. Hood. We snowshoed in the six miles every six weeks with carnivore bait and gear to set up and monitor endangered carnivore populations on the mountain. Our target species were grey wolves, wolverines, Pacific…

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