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Tease Me, Please.

We fall into patterns. Habits. Roles. You’re the Helper, the Joker, the Troublemaker, the Listener, the Idiot, the Object of Desire–what more can you think of? Which role is yours? Take a wild guess at my role back in college. Now, I’d like to break out of the Insecure Writer role I’ve cast myself into, … Continue reading

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Ice Cream and Other Tricks of the Mind

“You have to go to the principal’s office,” the teacher said. “Take your things. You’ve a doctor’s appointment.” “Oh,” I said. “I do?” My arm was in a sling and a classmate picked up my books and put them in my bag. I couldn’t remember anything about a doctor’s appointment. The teacher frowned. “Of course … Continue reading

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Stomach Turner

“You remind me of Lana Turner’s sister,” my dad would say to me. “Stomach Turner.” “I put your school picture up to keep the roaches away,” he said every year. And “If you’re lucky, one day you’ll be as good-looking as me.” Not everyone finds the same joke funny. My friends thought my dad was … Continue reading