Notes From the Toolbox

Weed Editing

Pictures of daffodils, forsythia, dogwoods and magnolias have been battling it out for weeks in the Social Palace to prove winter is over. Is it my imagination or did peeps around the world start posting them earlier this year in order to pull themselves out of the...

Slow and Steady

Nineteen. No, it’s not my age. Not my wedding anniversary, or the number of parking tickets accumulated, or the total colonoscopy preps I’ve endured. It’s…the number of nominations Susan Lucci received before winning the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress...

Disenchanted Peace

More than anything— other than living a writer’s life— I dreamed of becoming a famous actress. Fame was essential. It was the only level of validation that would prove to my family I wasn’t a self-serving wastrel. I studied the craft, auditioned, performed, and I...

I Did Not Know That

I was reading Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker. Eight-year-old Clementine and her dad were building a new dining table because her mom was having a baby, which was going to throw the entire seating arrangement of their family of four out of whack,...