Salted Buckwheat and Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

I should call these the heatstroke cookies. Have you ever had heatstroke? I guess I don’t know if my condition truly was real, diagnosable heat-stroke. But, either way, I so asked for it. Non-diagnosed heatstroke is what you get when the meteorologists predict it will be the warmest day of the summer in Iowa, and…… Continue reading Salted Buckwheat and Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies


How do you qualify a mental disorder?   I’m disordered, perfectionist I’m perfect I’m me Me: Mental. Disordered?   How do you tell an eight-year-old she doesn’t need to color-code her vocab words in blues and grays in orderly, disorder? “A+: nice work”? Nice work. By her. By it? Disorder?   How do you tell…… Continue reading Diagnosis

Cherry Grilled Cheese

When I lived in Costa Rica, I conducted research in a beautiful, rural farming town in the mountains of the country’s Pacific side. The woman I lived with would toast sweet corn tortillas by placing them straight on the broiler, flipping them, and setting them on a plate to reveal little grill marks imprinted on…… Continue reading Cherry Grilled Cheese

The People Watcher’s Chronicles

The People Watcher’s Chronicles: The Wormhole Coffee, 1462 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL When swampy nectar meets my glance, I’ll squint, so Business-Suit-Man, smothered in mocha char, can’t hide the cubicle tethers he guards like pagers at soccer games. He sinks. Soon my java eyes will swerve, immerse Mis-Print- Daughter-Of-Priests, estranged I’m sure, her shark…… Continue reading The People Watcher’s Chronicles

Celebratory Summer Chard and Zucchini Crepes

America’s birthday. These days I find it hard to celebrate anything about the U.S.A. I think to myself, what is there to celebrate about climate change denial, inadequate health care, wars on women, wars on immigrants, wars on everyone, mistrust, and denial? When we wear red, white and blue are we standing for the us first…… Continue reading Celebratory Summer Chard and Zucchini Crepes