“This should be interesting, us living together again,” my mother says when I sit down beside her on the couch to watch the news. Her colon is polluted by cancer cells, but she still knows how to bite. She is in a paisley house dress and her obese orange cat is nuzzled on her lap. “I can’t believe that law firm just fired you, just like that.”…
When my mother turned fifty, she celebrated with a crone ceremony, a New Age ritual of restoring older women’s rightful status as wise, respected elders. Mom’s friends—mostly lesbians with a penchant for dream-catchers and flannel shirts—embraced the croning. On any other night, they were bitter about older women’s invisibility, dejected by their own sagging skin […]
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Ernest Hemingway claimed that all true and good books share one common trait: “[A]fter you’ve read one of them you will feel that all that happened, happened to you and it belongs to you forever: the happiness and unhappiness, the good and evil, ecstasy and sorrow, the food, wine, beds, people and weather.” In his […]