Essays

The Boys in the Band

My husband was only ten years old when The Beatles set fire to America on the weekly Ed Sullivan Show. In the winter of 1964, on an otherwise normal Sunday night, he sat on the couch with his parents in front of their hulking console TV and watched as John, Paul, George and Ringo…

Essays

Nursery Tales

“Ahhh,” sighed my friend Dana, with more than a touch of envy. “You know that you’ve landed my dream job.” Dana and I are both writers. Most of the time it’s rewarding work, but sometimes..

Essays

Saving the Bigelow House

The threat was distant but definite, like cannons rumbling beyond the next ridge. Mr. and Mrs. Bigelow were thinking of selling their house. I’d lived in the Bigelows’ neighborhood when I first moved to this city, and I knew…

Essays

Stone Soup Kitchen

There’s nothing especially noble about preparing meals for the homeless. There’s virtue in the impulse, of course, in the wanting to help where you’re needed. There’s a fleeting moment of saintliness when you pick up the phone and place a call to your local charity kitchen…