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Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

The Orange Appreciation Award

I keep a few backyard oranges mixed in with the baseballs in the bucket I take to practice. Every time one of my teammates peeks in, he’s like, “Oranges?” question mark, when it really ought to be “Oranges!” EXCLAMATION POINT!

By Mark Gozonsky March 2020
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Recipe For Strawberry Bliss

Learn the word ennui. Resolve to do something meaningful with your life. Do something selfish and stupid instead. Go to prison.

By Steven Stampone March 2020
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

How It Ends

It begins like this: You drop your son off at kindergarten. His first day of school. You think that nothing in your life will be as big as this: the moment he drops your hand, he who has clung to you since birth, since that first breath of air, first scream, first frantic rooting for the breast.

By Louise Blum March 2020
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

100 Dollars

Are you thirsty? Do you like to drink water? Are you from a generation that thinks it’s OK to drink water out of single-use plastic bottles? Then the world works for you!

By Daniel Uncapher March 2020
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Parade Day

Today is the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. I am watching it on television in Brooklyn while the Puerto Ricans are parading up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

By Robert Lopez February 2020
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Train Songs

The breakfast rush was hitting its peak when we learned about the dead woman lying not far from Table Four.

By Erin McReynolds February 2020
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Top Ten

Abby has a progressive congenital disorder, fatal, and lives her young life with a deep-running current of wisdom in her spirit, a quiet equanimity to her understanding of what it means to be alive in a day that the rest of us can only feel as hint and shadow.

By Kerry Hudson January 2020
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Sparrow’s Guide To Meditation

Meditation teaches that change is constant. You fool yourself into believing that you are a fixed entity, but you are not. You are a river of transforming whims.

By Sparrow January 2020
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

The Cat Years

He stops short, horrified that he has interrupted his employer during an emotional moment. Bishop quickly wipes away her tears and says, in Portuguese, Don’t worry, José. I’m only crying in English.

By Christine Marshall January 2020
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

In Pieces

Rabbi Nachman had a special dish which he used for the Sabbath loaves. It had belonged to his own master, Rabbi Lev of Grenoble, and it occupied a prominent place in his home.

By David Slabotsky December 2019