May the Road Rise

By Naomi Pattison-Williams | Twitter: @NaomiWilliams87 Sometime in the middle of last year I got sick. It was nothing very serious—an infection which then led to a prolonged period of exhaustion. But it was the kind of deep-in-your-bones exhaustion which means extended time off work and whittling down entries in the beloved Moleskine schedule to … […]

All That We Are

We are thin lines of orange that arc then bloom at the horizon and as birds warble and stars dim We rise We are clouds billowing above the silent water Expansive and mysterious At once hiding, then revealing We rise We are rock faces hardened then smoothed with age Our peaks honed by a hidden […]

She Gave Me The Look

“Gosh, you always look so pulled together. Make-up done, cute clothes … I could never get it together like that.” I stared back at my fellow preschool drop-off mom. We’d chatted a couple times, and I really liked her. She was funny and down-to-earth, and I’d had a tough time penetrating the already established friendships among […]

How I Learned to See the Future

I got my first job in the hair industry at 15. At the time, I was technically homeless and not going to school either. I answered an ad to a small shop hiring a receptionist/apprentice. At that time, you could earn a trade license through an apprenticeship. I worked for a quirky Japanese man who was cheeky, but […]

My Hair Tells the Story of Where I’ve Been

Gran had long, thin, gray-and-white hair that she wore wound in a bun on the back of her head. It was a style reminiscent of the 1880’s or 90’s, and somehow suited her. For several years after my grandfather died, she would stay with us for two to three weeks at a time and when […]