Category Archives: memories

What a Twisted Web We Weave

My first memory is of a spider.  In the memory, it’s sunset in the summertime.  I’m not sure I’d ever been up that late:  Michigan sits on the edge of the Eastern Time zone, so the sky in summer remains … Continue reading

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Vintage Travel Memories

Two years ago, Nienke Krook interviewed me for her blog, The Travel Tester.  She starts out by saying: “What is your most memorable childhood travel memory?” That’s what I’ve asked over 50 travel bloggers and other travel addicts. These are … Continue reading

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In Memory of Jane

Jane Underwood, my writing teacher, died in February after an 11-year battle with breast cancer.  Her life will be celebrated in the AIDS Grove in Golden Gate Park tomorrow morning. I’ve been trying to write this post all week. My relationship … Continue reading

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Survivor Narratives

The day I moved into my dorm, alone for the first time in my life, my room phone rang. I was desperately lonely. I didn’t know a single person on campus. I thought it might be my mom. The man … Continue reading

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My Life with Bowie

David Bowie’s music was central to my writing and my life. I was in high school when one of my friends gave me The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars as a birthday present. The … Continue reading

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