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At the Park

The first major-league parks, back in the nineteenth century, were little more than sandlots with rows of precarious wooden bleachers...

Watching My Mother Hallucinate

“You look so much like your mom,” says the starched, very pregnant nurse at the rehab unit where Mom has been sent to recover...

Saving My Breath

The neurologist was haughty and young and his waiting-room reading material consisted of nothing but medical journals, which were...

Non Pro Nobis

The entire nursing staff was gathered in the Cardiac Care Center’s conference room. We were seated around a huge, oval table facing a...

Missing

I stared down at my name neatly typed next to the word “Defendant.” Around it were numbers, names, and small print that I didn...

In Pursuit of Puppets: A Pittsburgh Romance

In the fall of 2007, I was cozying into an innocuous and increasingly sedentary lifestyle in Pittsburgh. Monotony seemed to have taken hold...

Pod City

In 1955, Jack Finney published his best-selling novel The Body Snatchers, a story that so captured the American imagination that it was...

940

Nonno’s voice echoed in my ears as I looked up at the entry doors of 940 North Lincoln Ave., which were made of fine new oak and...

Immigrant Stories

Most Saturday afternoons, you can find Martha Vasser performing an Ethiopian coffee ceremony at Tana Ethiopian Cuisine for a handful of...

Rowing Through the Ruins

The Warm-Up Every day began in darkness the spring I learned about sight. Perhaps that is why I saw so well. Sight is more than eyes....

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