First you must understand that I never had a chance. As a girl, I was given an old jewelry box of my grandmother’s, which wound up in the back with a b…
Three years ago, on Easter, I bought an African violet for ninety-nine cents at a CVS. I guess this is what I do now, because it’s been three years and…
My brother the geologist shuffles in his sandals to kneel on the earth. He sifts some of it into his cupped hands, lifting the white sand to his mouth …
Every now and then, one of my rubber plants grows a heart-shaped leaf.The other one, the younger one, doesn’t do this. But it’s happened at least a few…
The Joshua tree is a yucca, the yucca palm, yucca brevifolia; its leaves are daggers and they do not flower every year, but as rainfall allows. They bl…
Around this time last year I was in the Dallas–Fort Worth airport, on a layover on my way back to Boston, in my big fake sherpa coat drinking coffee an…
There’s a lot about growing up that I like. I like living alone. I like the responsibility and the lack of responsibility in it. It’s an enormous relie…