"The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself." Joan Didion in "On Keeping a Notebook"

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The future keeps happening.

By now I should have formulated an opinion on Ava Jerome. She has been living in Port Charles and thus on my TV screen for ten months, but I remain conflicted. First, I have this “no new people” rule. (It is mostly for General Hospital, but sometimes for my real life too.) Around 1998, when […]

“chase the feeling til you die”

Recently, I admitted to a friend (via Twitter so somewhat publicly) that I do not take risks as a reader. I will mindlessly consume a terrible television show without a second thought, but if a book isn’t written by Joan Didion, Barbara Kingsolver, or Toni Morrison, I let my fear keep me from taking chances. […]

The Year of Anxious Thinking

This has been another weird year, and today was no exception. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Joan Didion and what she gives me and how I rely on her for support. In my late teens and early twenties, I lost my footing intellectually and emotionally pretty much every day, and Joan Didion got […]

Thanksgiving is for dreamers

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to skip town for Thanksgiving. I don’t know where the urge came from. I like my family, and I like Andy’s family. Something about Thanksgiving makes me itch for freedom, though. When I shared my dream with Andy, he concurred, and it became our dream. Every […]

Four Things I Love About Sebastian

1. His name is Sebastian, like the crab in The Little Mermaid.   2. He watches out the window to protect me from intruders.   3. He likes to put his head upside down.   4. We have common interests. For example, we both like shoes.