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The Hero’s Journey

Originally published in Grown & Flown, May 6th, 2020 I was 11 weeks pregnant with my first child on 9/11. Each day, I drove from Brooklyn to a middle school in Westchester where I taught seventh grade English, sometimes stopping to puke into a baggie along the...

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Thirty-Minute Doomsday Meals

So, I’m down here in my bunker - I mean basement - looking at an overflowing and strange pantry of foodstuffs.  Although I acquired most of it in the past few weeks, I have always been just a tad bit guilty of hoarding mayonnaise, I’m not gonna lie. On the shelves are...

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Why Doesn’t My Teenager Want to Drive?

Why Doesn’t My Teenager Want to Drive?

My first car was a jaundice-yellow 1978 Buick LaSabre. It was a popular target for a pack of boys who drove around my hometown with paint guns. Because I rarely washed the thing, it accumulated pops of color — an orange spray on the left back door, blood red on the...

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