Our Secret Stories

Ben Okri is a Nigerian poet and author who was one of the youngest writers to win the Booker Prize in 1991 for his novel The Famished Road. I recently finished reading this book and it now numbers among my all-time favorites and so I poked around YouTube searching for an interview with him. And […]

THESE TIMES

Fourteen years ago, in mid-December, I met the man who I am now married to at a Shopper Christmas party. One week later, my mother passed away peacefully on the night of the winter solstice. I nestled close to her now cool body until the ambulance arrived. This year, there will be no Shopper party […]

Turtle Island Gone Awry

Said Indian chief Inside moon ledge Eagle flies high In forever skies A tear drop – You and I – Melded in timeless trust Of ever-ending cycles. Rhythms of time Space unfurled Trespassers both Between two liminal worlds “I’m sorry” I say to you Reaching across spans of centuries Time unheralded Ice ages come and […]

Two Silver Plates and the Wall

I inherited two small silver plates from my mother when she passed a decade ago. They are family heirlooms with a story attached. A gift to my step-great grandfather, William Morris Stewart, the first Senator from Nevada and a self-made millionaire through silver mining in the Wild West days. He was also a lawyer, originally […]

Healing with the Stone that Cuts

Obsidian is not a fancy or flashy stone. It is not one that is typically used for expensive jewelry or takes the center stage at gem shows and displays. Often piercingly black, it can sometimes be mahogany brown or forest green or rust red. It may contain inclusions that looks like shiny stars or silvery […]