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Just Colic

He screamed. First thing every morning, lurching from uneasy sleep to greet a world he seemed to view with mistrust, he screamed....

Baby Card

“Please. You gotta see this." The panic in my voice startles me, but the nurse keeps working. I am a piece of her work. She...

The Beginning of the World

I was born on the day the world was created. I grew up as an only child, the sun around which my single mother and doting grandparents...

Parenting Out of the Silo

My first son was a few days old, and I still hadn’t surrendered to the new reality. The line between then and now is brightest in...

Came Down a Person

My therapist got off the bus with a backpack, a box of matches, and a shovel. She walked toward me smiling the kind of smile that they don...

Why Creative Nonfiction Matters

Unlike big, glossy magazines, “little” or literary magazines like Creative Nonfiction are often labors of love—...

Sin

When I was a girl one of the many games my cousins and I played was one I called “worthless sinner.” The competition centered...

Bad Men Do What Good Men Dream?

When I was a teenager, I had two friends—Glick and Girson—who committed murder while robbing a mom-and-pop grocery store. This...

The Anonymous, Irreplaceable Nurse

I have written five books about the medical world over the past two decades, and for each book, I have plunged myself into the medical...

Notes From a Difficult Case

Almost everyone I know advised me to sue. Their advice was not casual, because almost everyone I know is an attorney. As am I. At forty-...

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