Ripe for the Picking

Much to the consternation of our neighbors (I fear), we have an urban garden. This year the rain and the mosquitos have overtaken it, and we’ve mostly left it to its own devices, including the raspberry thicket and the volunteer mystery vine emerging from the compost bin. My great-grandmother introduced me to red raspberries. She […]



Subversive Grace

  These are the Islamic prayer beads (Misbaha or Tasbih or Sibha) my United Church of Christ minister gave me to hold as a way of getting through my grandmother’s funeral. She knew it would be both comforting and subversive. I LOVE that she gets me. You see, this wasn’t just my grandmother’s funeral. This was my grandmother’s Fundamentalist […]



Lessons From New York City

The Staten Island Ferry is free…but it doesn’t take you to the Statue of Liberty. That would be the Liberty Island Ferry, and it will cost you both time and money. There are rats in the subway; six year old boys think this is cool. So do 40 year old ones. Starbucks on 31st and […]