Fleeting thoughts: Bullies

Fourth grade. Waterbury, Connecticut. I’m back at my old school. Construction paper animal cutouts pinned to the hallway walls. Stinky multi-color cubbies. Cafeteria tables stained with grape juice spills. I’m in the bathroom, peeing, when I hear the main door slam against the wall, the squelch of my usual tormentors’ Mary Janes as they find their way towards me.

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If I was honest about the things I did during lunch break . . .

On Facebook Mentally disliking so many statuses. Unfollowing people, but still staying friends with them Sobbing at vacation pictures On YouTube Babies laughing Bloopers of Law & Order and Criminal Minds Matthew Gray Gubler Powderpuff cheerleading dance routines. Seriously. Matthew Gray Gubler Epic trap music to abate my mid-day slump Novak Djokovic Outside Checking my phone to […]

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A True Story, Part 1

A True Story W. sits alone at a table near the kitchen, and the flurry of cooks, French expletives, pots and pans in the background brings him and his stillness into sharp focus. Our eyes meet and I smother the pinprick shock I feel. I can see, even from my spot, the curl of his […]

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How to win at everything

If you’re walking home by yourself in the dark, and get cat-called by a group of men, stop. Place one hand against your ear like you’re talking into a small microphone, and say: “We got him. Send in backup.” Watch them scatter. Do you have a problem with people crowding the poles on the subway? […]

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A foreign experience

I told myself I’d write about my Italy trip immediately upon my return. (I also promised that I’d update this blog more frequently. Total fail). I wanted to capture the memories before they disappeared. Every time I travel to another place, I come back feeling as if I’d fallen out of a dream—a wondrous sort […]

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