Monthly Archives: November 2008

Greyhound

I rode a shuttle bus last night up on campus and after everyone boarded and the driver turned off the bright overhead lights leaving a series of moody pools of warm reading light, I was flooded with longing. Cross-country bus trips of my youth.  Stopping for minutes at a time in little towns whose name […]

Midnight, Oakland

I am a white woman living in an affluent country, in a liberal state, with an education and a good job.  I am not oppressed like women in Darfur or Afghanistan.  I have never been attacked… at least not by a stranger.  Even with the most basic credentials of a first world country, I am […]

Homework and social activism (hippie antics…)

I told my son he needed to get started on his homework, he refused and began complaining, so I started listing the consequences(no playing outside, favorite items being taken away) and I explained to him he had to do his homework because this is part of creating good study habits and reinforcing what you are […]

Dispatch from the Cab of an Old Truck in the RC&BT Railyard at the End of Autumn

Sitting in the twilight in the old truck at the railyard.  The last of the Saturday light fading from the sky.  An unseasonably warm November evening, maybe the last warm night of the year.  Car wheels crunching on gravel in the distance. Someone asked if this was part of a larger story.  Trite, but yes.  […]

Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues

A freight train out of town.  Cold hands.  Head stuffed up with sleep and lack of sleep and why am I up so early with the morning fog along the tracks.  Skip James tune in my head, just a few lines obsessively repeating in my head. There’s a girl that I left behind and we’re […]

For my friends: If I go and you remain

[cue lights] There’s a planet to the left of the moon and on some nights, like all the stars, it seems almost close enough to touch. There are other worlds, but that is all so far away and really I only have this one to live in and to hold.  And while sometimes I think […]