Beyond The Myth of Scarcity

By Trudy Smith Growing up in upper-middle class American suburbia, Thanksgiving was usually the day that we ate so much our stomachs hurt—seconds and thirds and dessert, as much as we wanted, because it was a feast day. And although Thanksgiving was a special meal because it brought my extended family together for a big […]

Note To Self: Always Flirt With Chinese Grandma At Bus Stop

There’s a small chip on my front tooth. I’ve had it fixed, but it’s so tiny, the repair doesn’t last. So, I smile with my chipped tooth and my eyes scrunched up and I see laugh lines with this haircut that showcases my whole wrinkly forehead. And I don’t care. I like that my face […]

From the Root of Divine Love

A tidy but wild little row of marigolds grew around my mother’s gravestone this summer. I didn’t plant them. I visit it very rarely, mostly because I live far away from my Michigan hometown and, if I’m being honest, because visiting a stone that says her name is sometimes an unbearable silence. That little row […]

Kick Up, Not Down

There are few things more stressful in life than getting on a bus with a stroller and a baby. Job interviews? Public speeches? They have nothing on the stress of folding your stroller with one hand, holding your baby with the other hand, holding your shopping (presumably with the third hand you brought with you […]

Sit With One Woman

Sit with one woman. Take the time and drive to the event, because on Monday she called and invited you to come. So, of course you go. Two kids have soccer and your international student arrives that day, but this is important. She’s been in her residential treatment program for three months and this is […]