Mitzvah Day Maya fidgeted on the sidewalk in front of Har Zion temple, engulfed by eager congregants. Blue stickers that read Mitzvah! affixed to their lapels signaled their intent to perform acts of charity throughout the city. A decade—no, more—had elapsed since her own bat mitzvah year, the […]
Table for One “Table for one?” the tiny hostess mutters through her smiling façade without as much as looking up. “Actually, I’m meeting some people for dinner. Ryan is the reservation I believe. Party of 5.” A full house- an investor, a doctor, a professor, and a small business […]
The Punchline The navy blue blazer that you wore to Mass lies in a rumpled heap beside your Pop’s recliner. Inside your blazer pocket is your red tie and one of the $5 bills that your Nana put in all the plastic Easter Eggs that she hid throughout […]
Sleepless Night Annie couldn’t sleep. It was not the first time she felt this way and it wouldn’t be the last. Her husband was lying in the space beside her, he was already gone. He had been gone for hours and this crumpled half-effaced body breathed silently in […]
At Night At night the giant would stick its eye to the hole through his television and watch him as he slept. He would go up against inanimate objects, versus walls etcetera, and always win emotionally even though the inanimate objects won physically. He’d always smile if he […]
Closing Joe’s Eyes In those last days, nothing reached him completely. His catheter went red from blood, his left eye began to droop, his breathing grew more and more irregular. Dad and I smoked on the porch in free moments, knowing the time would come soon, but […]
We’re on our way to Annie’s in Providence, and I’ve missed the exit off 95. I’ve never been there before, and I’m nervous driving.
Mulitiples At first I thought it was a project from Home Economics, a subject that you would think had long been phased out of the college curriculum by 1989, but it was still offered at mine. My friend Liesl had once made a formal skirt for her sister […]