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splashy names

9/10/16 My newest baby niece has a strange and spangly name: Ariel Salina. Splashy names are kind of her parents’ M.O. The two siblings...

guilt headache

11/4/14 Because when you get married you realize that some of the things you stood by as "your thing"--like wearing clothes beyond the...

three years

11/11/12 Three years is so little, just a teensy dusting of time. Photos of you three years ago are barely discernable from photos from...

when she isn't eating her own hand,

12/22/09 Stella speaks to me. Directly. She chirps and her eyebrows go up and down and they furrow in a strangely familiar way The...

stella evangeline eng

9/24/09 She's here. Officially an individual. The previous nine months of preparation, fuss, and hype still haven't lived up to the...

deliver us from everything

8/17/09 trying to warn lawrie of the dangers of the internet, but i can't quite figure out how to tell it. "there are... bad things......

sister

6/25/09 when she is driving, i look at her wrists because they are almost exactly like mine, except paler. my wrists attach her hands to...

until i fall down

4/8/07 some days i feel like screaming. and no, i'm not angry, i just want to see how loud i can get. just as, some days, i feel like...

fashion ambushed by my mom

12/29/07 my mother resides in the lowest 10% on the scale of people who are allowed to give me fashion advice. but she and my father and...

wai gong's name

9/17/07 about twenty five hours ago, my grandfather died. my mom's dad. my wai gong. it was expected, i suppose--about as expected as...

to the rescue

6/10/07 don't let my parents trick you into trusting them just because they're pastors. don't let their smallness and cuteness fool ...

being home

5/23/06 my mother, typical of my mother, puts on her you're-sometimes-mean-to-me-but-i-love-you-unconditionally face and asks me to...

praise dancing

1/6/06 as i type this, the thin, warbly noise of about half a dozen singing voices rises up from the depths of my basement. who is it? ...

communist hat

12/23/05 i have this hat. it looks like a communist hat. i did not realize this until nicole looked at me wearing it and said, "you...