What Does the World Want from Me?

Here is a wee poem just out in this lovely publication, the Journal of Expressive Writing. I asked myself, “What does the world need now?” (a theme of this year’s San Diego Writers Festival), and this poem popped out: What Does the World Want from Me? What does it want from you?

Winner of San Diego’s Memoir Showcase competition for second consecutive year!

Winner of San Diego’s Memoir Showcase competition for second consecutive year! I am so excited that an excerpt from my memoir, A Slice of Orange, has won a place in San Diego’s 2020 Memoir Showcase competition. See winners of San Diego’s 2020 Memoir Showcase. “Casablanca Asylum” will be published in the upcoming anthology Shaking the … Read more

The Spouse as Caregiver

Here is a story I wrote in April in honor of my beloved Ron, my spouse caregiver who has held me to earth throughout my journey with anal cancer. It was published today. https://themighty.com/2020/10/cancer-spouse-caregiver-strengthen-bond/

There Are Words in Me Still

Creative Souls Meeting: December 13, 2019 The Friday Before Treatment Begins So good to listen to my friends and their struggles. Mine become consuming. That medical treatment vortex is pulling me in deeper as I wade through the to-do list and the treatment protocols, getting ready for the full-time job of patient and being patient … Read more

Waiting for Results

Cancer Diary 11/30/19 “The not knowing is the worst part.” No. It’s not. Not knowing is a Before. When everything is still as it was. An ordinary arrangement of days when petty lows—a chipped cup—come wrapped in renewal: the sunshiny breakfast. Before highlights the present where I can feel my integrity, my wellness, my forward … Read more

When Did My Butt Become Public?

Cancer Diary 11/25/19 When did my butt become public property? The very sphincter that controls what comes out. The one they are trying to save. It began the moment the doctor’s words, “Squamous cell carcinoma,” ripped the “Before” away from the “After.” I was left in a place between the two. The fragments of the … Read more

Reporting in after the Memoir Showcase

“The Visit” is an excerpt from my memoir, a short story about my parents’ journey to Rajneeshpuram, Oregon, to visit me on the commune there. Seeing it performed as one of the winners of the 2019 Memoir Showcase was a blast! It was a community event shared with the writers, actors and everyone who showed … Read more

Survivor’s Guilt

My young friend Emily wrote: I was walking on the street near my university when a man pulled up beside me in his car. He said he was an undercover cop and asked me to get in because he had a few questions. I remembered all my mother’s advice, refused and informed the police. Later … Read more