a big beautiful mess

Russia

A year of living and teaching in northern Russia.

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Fictions

Prose and poetry.

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Teaching

Creative learning for all.

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Ideas

Meaning is created by people.

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Communication Disease

Communication Disease

What is communication anyway? It’s certainly not a direct line From my mouth to your ears. If your eyes wander And your heart is closed like iron. And a feeling of unease is Communicated through the air like disease. I cough up disdain; You breathe in mistrust.

My message to the world:

My message to the world:

LOVE EVERYONE. But know what love is. Know that love is not joy. Love is not sex. Love is not patronizing. Love is not easy. Love is a choice. Maybe sometimes you and the one you love have built something, cared for it, nurtured it, dusted off its smooth hard surfaces, opened its cupboards and […]

Getting Good

Getting Good

It’s funny how mile markers make a difference. I teach Spanish to four-year-olds at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. When I started this job a year ago, and even four, five, six months in, I had Imposter Syndrome like the dickens. My Spanish wasn’t good enough, I sucked at marketing, I didn’t know how to […]

I am a Writer.

I am a Writer.

When I see a runner pummeling down the sidewalk in the September heat, I think to myself, what must it be like to have that– to have the self-knowledge that, whatever else you may or may not be, you are a runner. I have to remind myself that I do have that self-knowledge: I am […]

Babel for Peace

Babel for Peace

What if the Tower of Babel was a blessing? What if no one spoke the same language, and everyone had to communicate in a third? What if instead of spending our time selecting the most searing and potent words in our own language to use in argument against our neighbor, we had to muddle our […]