Pododesmus macrochisma: METAPHOR FOR GIRLS    Each morning I walk the sand, searching for what my grandmother misnamed the "ugly clams" caught in foam left behind by a retreating wave or stranded high on shore from last night's tide. Smaller than my thumb or filling my palm, they might come to rest among seaweeds torn … Continue reading METAPHOR FOR GIRLS


In the last week: band-tailed pigeons and Eurasian doves, Steller's jays and a single scrub jay, robins and goldfinches, red-wing blackbirds, song sparrows, hummingbirds, crows and ravens, bald eagles, red-tailed hawk, black oystercatchers, gulls, whimbrels, Canada geese and brown pelicans, and a mixed flock of semi-palmated plovers and dunlins (this latter with distinct dark bellies—I … Continue reading BIRD STORIES

‘Can We Talk About Race?’

I remember when I first understood that “Negro” had gone the way of “colored.” In the late 60s, I walked home from school and explained this to my mother: “Don’t say that word, ‘Negro’. Say ‘black’,” and because we were that kind of family, Mom and I discussed respect for a long time. Years later … Continue reading ‘Can We Talk About Race?’