Little Women Christmas Breakfast

Last week I drove home to Ohio: twelve hours from Boston to Columbus, snow covered New England trees giving way to long stretches of farmland and grain elevators. I never thought I would be homesick for Ohio until I left it. For years I vowed to get out, convinced that some life affirming epiphany would take…

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The Boxcar Children Stew

My favorite game to play when I was a kid was homeless. I realize how terrible that sounds, but in my defense I lived in the suburbs. I didn’t have a lot going on. Also, I was eight. I put peanut butter sandwiches in a bundle with a flashlight and my Tamagotchi (you know, the essentials) and…

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So It Goes: Musings on Superficiality

When I’m feeling particularly superficial I refer to this line in Slaughterhouse Five:  “Like so many Americans she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.”  Vonnegut was referring to religious meaning, a crucifix as replacement for church, but I’d rather think of my affinity for material goods…

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Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

I’m a big Hunter S. Thompson fan. Sometimes I think it’s an odd fit. I’m a feminist (though I could argue that seeking out misogyny written in prose by “dead white males” is for a tireless sort, which I am not.) I don’t do psychedelic drugs. I’m not trying to be a journalist. But I am drawn to…

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Antioch Writers’ Workshop & Yellow Springs

A few months ago I won a scholarship to The Antioch Writers’ Workshop. It took place mid July in Yellow Springs, Ohio and I tripped it from Columbus to go nerd out at book camp (or something.) I spent my time in writing seminars, specialized classes for poetry and nonfiction and trying to find Dave Chapelle (I didn’t.)…

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Literary Tattoos

My first tattoo was done by the talented Andy Johnson at Long Street Collective in Columbus. I chose a typewriter to reflect my wannabe-writer ambitions. It is also an homage to Hunter S. Thompson, who, despite his drug induced semi-mysogynist ramblings, holds a special place in my heart. I also put a bird on it. Because that is what you do (as…

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