This story was recorded at The Corner, a live storytelling event in Lewiston, Maine. On November 13, 2014 I was asked to perform as a featured teller at Gutherie’s Independent Theater. The theme of the night was “Home” and I told a story about the time my mom and her husband slaughtered 4 turkeys on their front lawn.
As my favorite holiday season kicked-off, I settled-in for another hectic week, the kind that has become annoyingly typical this year: too many commitments squeezed into each inflexible 24-hour day, a problematic reliance on my perceived infallibleness and a false assumption that I am capable of successfully executing this absurd agenda.
Looking at my calendar, I observed how completely I had filled each millisecond, ensuring that every step I took marched toward an ultra-specific goal. But as the weekend approached, the same fatigue from all the weeks before began dragging me down, and I was, quite visibly, coming apart at the seams. Continue reading
In the crevices of silent moments…
A haunting: Continue reading
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always loved pushing buttons. And I don’t mean figuratively: I literally liked to press those little plastic buttons on calculators, telephones cash registers – any gadget I could get my hands on. I loved the clicking noise they made. The response they elicited from the machine they were mounted on: a click, a beep, a number, a ding, a drawer…it was all so satisfying! Continue reading
Your stuff is all there at the bottom of the stairs. It’s sitting in a bag, waiting for me to take it somewhere, like those bags of clothes I give to good will.
Every time I leave the house, it looks eagerly at me, as if it wants me to do something with it. Like a child, it’s impatient and expectant. It thinks I have a plan.
Only I don’t know what to do with it. Continue reading
I’ve been worrying about my 30th birthday for about a month now (READ: Months), and whenever people ask me why I’m so anxious, I tell them I just thought I would have accomplished more by now. Continue reading