The Return From Elsewhere

One day you wake up and realize you’ve walked a thousand miles away from home. Yes, your feet still stand on the tile in your kitchen and your clothes still hang crooked in the closet. But your heart. It has long slipped away with the shadows. It has been chasing light around corners. The truth […]

What Did You Call Me?

My husband’s work takes him away all summer. For the better part of four months, I am the official fort-holder-downer. I wipe the bums, mow the lawn, fix the sink when it clogs, groggily navigate 3am bad dreams (why do they always happen then?), and referee every fight. The sun rises and sets on “Mommmmmmmmmy!!!!!!!” […]

Hijab

By Kaitlin Curtice | Twitter: @kaitlincurtice “There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. –J.K. Rowling One day while shopping at our favorite international farmer’s market, Eliot grabbed my hand and led me to the chocolate and candy aisle where a woman wearing a hijab stood, expecting me. “She wants to give you one!” shouted […]

I Long for the New Earth

“I’ve been painting since I was young,” my five-year-old recently told a friend. My friend and I laughed about Bea’s tendency to frame her life experiences as though she were an old woman, looking back over the years. She loves phrases like, back in the day and remember when to tell stories of her half-decade […]

The Red Couch: Making Room Introduction

We came back from living in the Middle East with countless stories of the kindness of strangers, many stretching themselves beyond their means to care for us. Like the time we insisted we didn’t need sodas, knowing we’d be the only ones drinking them as the family drank hot tea instead, the luxury of a Coca-Cola […]