Today I Noticed the Begonia Blooming

When Greg and I moved into our new apartment last summer—an English basement on D.C.'s Rock Creek Park—it was the first place we'd ever lived together that had a yard. I often track the years of our history together with the apartments we’ve shared—five so far. This was our sixth. We met in our final months of college, drawn together by the Midwestern [...]

Today I Noticed Trees Filled With Holes

At first I didn't realize it was a woodpecker making all that noise. When I heard the tap-tap-tapping sound overhead I didn't give it much attention. I assumed our landlord must be home, and that the footfall of her shoes was descending through the ceiling. Of course that wasn't the case at all. We were not in our cramped English basement, looking out on DC's [...]

“Fragile Bodies” Published in Cleaver Magazine

I am thrilled to have an essay, "Fragile Bodies," in the newest issue of Cleaver Magazine, which went live today. It's a short, lyric piece of nonfiction about the time I spent working on an organic chicken farm in Florida. The essay tells the story of a box of baby chickens we picked up at the town's local post [...]