Between Friends

“You’re not supposed to be friends with your husband’s ex-wife; it’s not natural,” a girlfriend once advised, adding, “I know, […]


There’s a hawk in my backyard. She’s dark and broad and patient, and she sits in the same tree, on […]

The Blessing

Her name, Piedad, meant “piety,” but she wouldn’t give me her blessing for my travels back to the States. The […]


On those summer nights, after my brother came home from the hospital, he would grab his baseball bat and take […]

A Mother’s Curse

Summer 1967 It had been a while since I’d worked on a ship, so I’d run out of money. Since […]

The Only One with Pants

Think of my story the next time you’re driving on a rural highway in the dark. Watch the taillights ahead […]