One Year Later: Remembering Susan & Rachel

To those three or four people out there who still doubt the power of social media, perhaps this post will erase your skepticism forever. One year ago today, on Monday, February 6, 2012, Susan Niebur and Rachel Cheetham Moro both died of metastatic breast cancer. Susan was 39. Rachel was 41. A stunned sorrow was […]

Elegy to Rachel

Elegy to Rachel Our separate portions of time were not, after all, perfectly concurrent. They only overlapped, briefly, waves from the same sea reaching toward the shore. Time as we live it is itself imperfect, marked by linearity. Birth, holidays, love, all that we celebrate lulls us with cycles, the regularity of tides, but still […]

Unsettled Weather

This past week has been a varied one, to say the least. I’ve just finished the first of my two weeks off from work, and while I’ve enjoyed much of it, it has hardly been restful. On the face of it, there was nothing inherently unrestful about the few plans I had made for the […]

Time and Loss

It’s Saturday, one of my cherished days off from work. I’ve been trying to be kind to myself today. I’ve had a hard time sleeping lately, so for the past few days, I’ve once again resorted to taking a Benadryl (which is, as it happens, a pink pill) at bedtime, because it works better than […]