Don’t let them hold you down. And yes, you can reach the sun.

Roman. Photo by Skater Bud, used with permission.

Dear Roman —

Your name came to me in a dream. Strong, steadfast, certain. A soldier guarding a citadel. A red sun sinking behind the castle. Concrete courage and fearless fortitude. The might and wisdom of eons, wrapped in your name and being. For you, anything was possible.

“He turns somersaults,” I complained…

In my dreams, I leave the place I love, again and again

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I remember the night the rug sellers came from Isfahan. Pulling up in a dusty white Mercedes van, they unpacked their treasures with languid limbs and olive-toned, handsome hands. Eyes narrowed, they ambled into the white-lit room with soft surety and artful ease.

Semi-smiling, nodding, they spoke quick English in…

I read the news and weep for my dead son. And I weep for us all, corrupted and coerced by plutocracy’s pernicious power.

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I read the news today.

I don’t usually. Call me ignorant, call me avoidant, call me shell-shocked, but on most days, I just don’t wanna know what’s going on in what passes for the world today.

But I guess I’m not in a soundproof hole: I’d heard the Sackler bankruptcy…

51 ways that you’ve probably been gender-silenced (and why it matters)

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“That’s a great idea! Say it!”

I was sitting next to Kay at another interminably endless meeting. The printed agenda lay on the table between us. We were on item 7 out of 8 — only minutes from freedom.

Item 8 was Kay’s area of expertise. She’d just pushed a…

Dr. Audrey

Life is better with words — and dark chocolate.

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