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


Why the rabbits? I simply love them. Ever since my first love: Hopperty. (In the photo I am holding two of her children.) More recently, wild rabbits have graced my garden. I heard a shocking statistic on NPR which inspired this poem.     TWO WILD RABBITS Through the window, Before breakfast, I saw Two … Read more

Coming-Out in the Memoir Showcase

Writing a memoir, and then sharing it, is a coming-out process. Having a piece of my memoir chosen for public performance (see Memoir Showcase), is not only an honor, but an act of trust, as my inner self gets ready to meet the local community. Highlighting all this is that the excerpt from my memoir, … Read more