Listen to me

07. October 2011 here now 0
No one listens. This is not just a problem plaguing talking heads and politicians. We filter so furiously, we interrupt, we get caught up in our own agendas. We look at our phones. We need a snack. Other people speak, and we hear only what gets through the internal static. I criticize myself equally in this. It ...

The Babysitter

12. September 2011 here now 3
Last night, I took care of our friend’s child. It was like a vacation. He went to bed so fast it was like black magic. I kind of hate our friends now. No, not really. Just a little. I grew up taking care of other people’s kids. One summer before college, I took care of ...

Meetings

07. June 2011 here now 0
The politics of scheduling: We do not reschedule. They reschedule on us. Sometimes right before-hand, hours before. The assistants are unfailingly polite, effusive. “We are so sorry.” People in their lives get sick. They themselves get sick. Their excuses are sweet, like the excuses of my college undergrads. “Don’t give your family bad mojo by ...

Firefighter Appreciation Day

15. May 2011 here now 0
$1 tacos, a salsa quartet, tables and folding chairs. Four gleaming fire trucks, parked, open for the kids to climb on. Weight lifting equipment cordoned off with Fire Line Do Not Cross and surrounded with potted asparagus ferns. One man with black plastic glasses and a “Mullet, it’s 2 haircuts in 1!” t-shirt was with ...