Tag Archives: Adolescence

The Putting On of Water

My father owned a paint and hardware store. More than a vendor, he was someone who worked with his hands, hands unsteadied by coffee, hands with long, dirty fingernails. He fixed broken things, patched them back together to make them … Continue reading

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Roller Coasters

In the first few weeks after I moved halfway across the country I dreamt of family—husband and child, parents and siblings, in-laws—on various beaches facing towering waves. I have dreamt of families and homes on sand for years. When I … Continue reading

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Riding Rockaway

My 10-speed Raleigh–Carleton Supercourse was olive green with purple handlebar tape. I bought it the spring I was 15, in preparation for a three-week cycling trip in Maine. Oh, I was so cool riding my sleek bike, speeding along city … Continue reading

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