"To the person in the bell jar, the world itself is a bad dream."

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” – Sylvia Plath I am, I am, I am. I’m getting this tattooed on my right wrist at the end of this dumpster fire of a year. I’ve thought about it for months, but lately,... Read more »

Be Kind, Babies

I had a bad day yesterday. It was non-election related. A text came in from one of my old coworkers, at the bank I worked at for eight years before switching careers. I care very much about those women, and worked at their side for years. They were robbed yesterday morning, at gunpoint. Two men... Read more »

Creepy Short Tales To Keep You Awake

What better way to open up October than with some spine-chilling tales to get you in the mood for the creepiest month of the year? There is no better way. You need some disturbing flash fiction in your life to start this month of Halloween off right, and I’m just the gal to give you some... Read more »

Slice of Poetry Sunday: Rainer Maria Rilke

It’s been a long time for a Slice of Poetry Sunday. I think we could use some beautiful words over the course of the coming weeks. The return is a simple, sweet something by Rainer Maria Rilke: Pathways Understand, I’ll slip quietly away from the noisy crowd when I see the pale stars rising, blooming,... Read more »

Mochi and Motley Crew Families

On this, this first day of autumn, I present a blog brought to you by ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour! Tonight’s challenge is: “Write about a time somebody made you feel special.” So. This one is a two parter, with a very small example, and a very large one. Very large ones don’t happen to me often, so... Read more »

Slower Eater Keep Right

Oh man. I’ve been waiting for a writing challenge like this…my whole life, it seems. This is a routine topic with some of my friends. Tonight’s Blogapalooz-Hour challenge is this: “Write about one or more of your food/eating preferences or habits that you or others may find unusual or quirky.” Before I get into it,... Read more »

When Music and Poetry Collide: Beyonce's Lemonade and Warsan Shire

I, like most of the world, recognize that Beyonce’s visual album, Lemonade, is a modern masterpiece, made by and for black women, speaking of betrayal, love, the intimacy and crumbling of a relationship, family, black womanhood and heritage, the past and the present. The cinematography, the lighting, the lyrics, captivated me from beginning to end.... Read more »

BookCon 2016

In the long stretch of time during which there was radio silence on this blog, I have managed to 1) Move to Chicago 2) Slip a disc moving, which took a solid month to recover from 3) Be in a destination wedding that took All My Money and 4) Attend my very first BookCon. Other... Read more »

Taking an Internship After College

It is Blogapalooz-Hour! Tonight’s challenge is as follows: “You made a million choices in 2015. Write about one of them.” Okay, then. I chose to apply for a paid internship, when I told myself I would not do that after I graduated from college. I’ve already done internships, I told myself. It’s time to find... Read more »

Meet Your New Favorite Classic: Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House"

Every so often, I will finish a book that has me restlessly wandering after I’ve closed it, unable to sit down and do something else because my mind is still firmly in that world, unable to let it go. Or rather, it isn’t through with me yet. The Haunting of Hill House did that to... Read more »