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The Resurrection of Wonder Woman

Pink from her bath and aglow with excitement, three-year-old Maya perched on the edge of the bathtub. I stretched out my arms and she...

The Vagaries of Memory

Human recollection is, to a large extent, a mystery. Combing through the shifting layers of time, we discover half ideas, fragmented...

Immersion

The dark bar smells of decades of cigarette smoke.The Mexicans gathered at the table are desperate, poor and about to risk all they...

Laowai—March 2008

The rat-tat-tat of gunfire awoke me. It was just a single burst—a rapid, thundering slash into the silent darkness. I was out of bed...

Preface: “What’s All This Blood, Dad? I Don’t Understand!”

It may seem odd—counterintuitive, even—to preface a book about father-son bonding with a story about discovering my mother...

The Evolution of Truckin'

It all began in a Starbucks near Sam’s school—with a book I was reading to Sam. This is what we do after school most every day...

Wake-Up Call

I remember an elderly woman with failing kidneys who developed uncontrollable bleeding from her gastrointestinal tract. The chief resident...

Pesapallo: Playing at the Edge of the World

We’re leading by one, but with two outs, when I come up to bat. The staff-student baseball game is a yearly tradition at Pä...

The Bat

Father Casey, wearing black pants and a white shirt with rolled-up sleeves and a Roman collar, scanned the big west lawn of the courthouse...

First Base of Last Resort

First base is a position for aging veterans with bad backs and gimpy knees, the place to hide the worst fielders, the slowest runners, and...

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