Lean on Pete

Photo by Jamison Riley on Unsplash Last night Bob and I watched Lean on Pete. From the description—a 15-year-old boy tries to save a horse from slaughter—I had no idea that I would be experiencing the most intense chapter from my childhood. Spoiler alert: I give away...

Nausea

Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash Yesterday I woke up to a stomach so loud the neighbors across the creek probably heard. Not so bad on its own, but the nausea and headache I could have done without. It felt like a hangover, but at Taste of Colorado the night before...

On Chesil Beach

Photo by Pablo Guerrero on Unsplash Spoiler Alert: As usual, I give it all away! Last night we watched On Chesil Beach. Florence and Edward are two high-achieving young people who fall in love in 1962 when it wasn’t unusual to put off sex until marriage. Early in the...

Losing my Sister

Photo by Victoria Rodriguez on Unsplash My sister is turning 60 today, if she’s still alive. Either way, she’s beyond my reach. Even in these days of Internet access to anyone, anywhere. The last time I spoke to her, I was about 30, so she would have been 33 or 34. I...

Film Stars don’t Die in Liverpool

  Photo by Jad Limcaco on Unsplash (Spoiler alert—I can’t write about my experience of the film without giving away the key plot points.) Last night Bob and I watched Film Stars don’t Die in Liverpool. From the preview, we knew it was an older woman/younger man...

The Weight of Grief

To me, this sculpture, “Rising Cairn,” by Celeste Roberge captures grief —when you feel doubled over in pain, and so weighted-down you can’t move. Apparently, it isn’t what the artist had in mind, but the language of the link tells me I’m not...

Running for Abuse Survivors

  Photo by James Chou on Unsplash Here’s an inspiring story from Runner’s World: https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a22663057/christian-griffith-cross-country-run-inspire-sex-abuse-survivors/ I started running in high school and have always done some sort of...

Misery Loves Company

Photo by Andrew Spencer on Unsplash It’s a clear day and my weather app promises sunny skies—perfect for a hike up East Canyon with Lynn. She’s going through so much, it makes my life look rosy. After losing her job, her car was totaled (someone crashed into it when...

Mrs. Potato Head

There was a wig shop next to the place I used to go for Pilates—a dark, 1960s-style free-standing building with a dozen empty parking spaces, all marked with threatening signs. I would glare at the row of empty parking spaces and then drive around back amongst the...

First Chemo

Photo by Holly Obermiller on Unsplash The chemo room is big and sun-lit with several stations to choose from, though most are already spoken for. I take one in the middle near the nurse’s station, the equivalent of near the kitchen in a restaurant. There’s a big chair...