All Bloodlines Lead To Eden

Grandmère is repeating her favorite stories for my enrichment in a tidy room carpeted with green shag. Grandmère has no filter. On TV, Pope John Paul II is pretending to be God. A statue of The Virgin is enshrined among candles in a window. I should kneel in front of it, says Grandmère, and ask… Continue reading All Bloodlines Lead To Eden

For Trae & Those He Left Behind

Yesterday we shared a meal and laughed with our brother. Today we are washing his blood out of our clothes and asking God to forgive his murderer, whoever and wherever he is. The sky, like a cold gray funeral sheet, is stretched out above the orchards where we all used to feel sheltered--above the peaceful orchards where… Continue reading For Trae & Those He Left Behind

To The Unborn

Precious, When I was little, a man on an airplane asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. Naturally, I hugged my doll close to my heart and said, "I just want to be a mommy." I was raised to be a housewife, like my mother and my grandmothers and my great-grandmothers. "Discreet,… Continue reading To The Unborn

Shackleton Was An Old Maid Like Me

There was a winter when it was so cold that the air hurt to breath and made the hair in adult noses crackle. Power lines snapped under the weight of accumulated snow, which completely buried our car, and which we melted in pots on our wood-burning stove because the plumbing was frozen. It took real… Continue reading Shackleton Was An Old Maid Like Me

A Letter To The Man In Orange

Dear Uncle Bud, How are you? Had any visitors lately? How's your new prosthetic working? Yes, the trip was ok and everyone's fine. Flying with El Al afforded fifteen solid hours to get pre-acclimated to Israeli bluntness and the rich sound of spoken Hebrew. The gate at Los Angeles International Airport is very remote and… Continue reading A Letter To The Man In Orange

Beautiful Beulah

"He led me to the gate, the gate looking east, and behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east."--Ezekiel 43:1-2 TLV My favorite place in Jerusalem (so far) is the eastern gate, known as the Golden Gate or The Gate of Mercy--seen above from the Garden of Gethsemane, framed by… Continue reading Beautiful Beulah