Tag: Yeah but are we there yet?

  • Memories of Coup Attempts Gone By

    There were two reasons school was canceled when I was in ninth grade—typhoons and coup attempts—and in the manner of privileged and oblivious youth everywhere, I was afraid of neither. I was 13 when I left my parents for boarding school in the Philippines, making the four-day trip from Indonesia with two 15-year-old boys and…

  • Watching Things Burn and Defying the Dark: Thoughts on 2020

    Watching Things Burn and Defying the Dark: Thoughts on 2020

    Once upon a time, in the 1980s, I lived in the Stone Age. I didn’t use a time machine to get there, but only technically.  I was 11 or 12 or 13 then, on the cusp of adult awakening, and I vanished from the land where Madonna’s Like A Virgin and Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean and Olivia…

  • There’s a Dead Bird in My Bed: The COVID Diaries

    There’s a Dead Bird in My Bed: The COVID Diaries

    Dear Diary, Does it mean something nefarious if you end 2020 by waking up to a dead bird in your bed? Like, if the morning gifts you a deceased flying creature, is that a portent of things to come? Is it a severed horse head, a la The Godfather? A harbinger of dread?  Or is…

  • Sorry Our Kids Left Their Beer Bong on the Porch

    Last night was Halloween, and it was weird for us. For the first time in 22 years, we took no children trick-or-treating. The combination of COVID days and mental health and older kids who don’t feel the need to trick-or-treat made it an easy decision. A non-decision, really. We discussed it for less than a…