Madam Secretary Reflects on International Relations and Happy Happenstance

Well, my friends, it's March, and I'm sure we all agree that Old Man Winter has way, way overstayed his welcome. I thought I'd be making espressos or waitressing somewhere and writing web content for a friend. Instead, I'm working in our office, and my current occupation doesn't involve traveling to anywhere except the post office.… Continue reading Madam Secretary Reflects on International Relations and Happy Happenstance

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

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