Image: John Fetterman

Opinion | I have aphasia. I take the attacks on John Fetterman personally (Fall 2022)

“John Fetterman starts many speeches by asking his audience, ‘How many of you have had your own personal health challenges?’ And every time, nearly every hand goes up.”

bird brain

The Doctor Said in Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine (Spring 2022)

“I speak like I’m landing on this planet for the first time.  Words spurt from my mouth and go splat on the wall.  This may have happened to Bruce Willis, too.”


scratched and torn

Dispatch from Bewilderness in Bellevue Literary Review (Winter 2020)


Notes from a Former Ghost in The Rumpus (April 2018)

“I started keeping a journal ten minutes ago. It’s 800,000 words long and it’s on 2,043 scraps of paper, 7 shopping bags, 4 paper plates, 1 paper cup, 3 placemats, 12 receipts, and 2 popsicle sticks.”


Helen Keller at Christmas in Midcentury Modern (December 2017)

“Helen wrote, ‘The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.'”


How to Make Your Eggs Behave in Midcentury Modern (June 2018)

“I worked two jobs and took college courses when I could get through tear gas and mace.”


Dissecting an Ad for Urns in Midcentury Modern (October 2017)

“Faults ‘accumulate stress’ over time. Scientists are studying ‘fault structure’ and damage future quakes could do. People can fracture and rupture, too, and rarely deal well with faults.”


Not Ready for My Close-Up Due to Post-Its on My Neck in Midcentury Modern (February 2018)

“Today seems like a good day to answer questions no one asks. So here they are, a few (imagined) questions and a few answers, too.”


Unreality Show(s) in Midcentury Modern (March 2018)

“When I was young, we didn’t have real people. I mean we didn’t have real people who became brands like Oprah and Martha. We didn’t have Dr. Phil or Judge Judy or Dr. Oz. We had Aunt Jemima and Betty Crocker, who never existed, and did not have reality shows.”


Female Relic Intersecting Life and Time in Midcentury Modern (December 2017)

“I’m an antique. I started working at Time in 1972. I was a token Jew, a token hippie, and a token female ‘professional’ among troops of typists and preppy male executives.”


Losing My Mind and Getting a New One in Literal Latte (Fall 2018)

Losing a Person in Virginia Festival of the Book, Challenge Into Change (2015)

“I wake to a world of wings. A twig, a bud, a branch, a song. This
world is theirs, this endless sky, this fledgling learning how to fly.”



Away With Words – Finalist in New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Competition (2018)

Brain Drain – Finalist in the 45th New Millennium Writing Awards (2018)

A Fragrance – Winner in Creative Nonfiction’s Tiny Truths Contest (2019)

Losing My Mind and Getting a New One – Honorable Mention in the 44th New Millennium Writing Awards (2017)

Losing a Person – Virginia Festival of the Book, Winner, Second Prize, Challenge into Change Contest (2015)